HyperMill Software Improves Tool Paths
Open Mind’s hyperMill CAD/CAM software improves tool paths.
Open Mind Technologies’ hyperMill CAD/CAM software is designed for user-friendly, accurate and efficient 3D and 5-Axis machining. The company says the software features a virtual machining optimizer that goes beyond simulation and identifying error conditions to provide innovative solutions. These capabilities are said to improve tool paths that are traditionally calculated in the CAM engine, and incorporate knowledge of the part model, tooling, toolpath calculation and collision check engine, and the machine tool model with its physical constraints. The hyperMill virtual machining optimizer enables individual part programs to be linked with smooth, safe connections, enabling the cutter to remain close to the workpiece.
A hyperMill automation center enables users to automate the job list creation processes in hyperCAD-S, serving as both a development and runtime environment. Features include the ability to select and position the clamping device, as well as define a uniform process for all programmers. The additive manufacturing process in hyperMILL CAM software supports 3D printing and subtractive machining on one machine tool. The technology is said to offer flexible strategies for additive material applications, including filling strategies for both planes and free-form shapes, and in 2D and 3D sections. Applications also include hybrid machining to fix damaged parts and additive machining of an existing component.
According to the company, the hyperMill CAM software enables innovative 5-axis strategies for fast, easy-to-use programming, resulting in reduced cycle times and high-quality surface finishes. The integrated hyperMill Maxx machining finishing module enables the use of conical barrel cutter technology to reduce machining cycle times. It is well-suited for planar, ruled and curved surfaces often found in complex 5-Axis components. The hyperMill Maxx machining offers three modules — finishing, roughing and drilling.
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