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Software Innovations Optimize Machining Tools and Molds

Interactive Edit Toolpath

5-Axis Radial Machining

OPEN MIND Technologies AG has introduced its latest hyperMILL 2021.1 CAD/CAM software suite that offers users new and enhanced features for efficient 3D, 5-axis and mill/turn machining.

Key innovations include a new Interactive Edit Toolpath capability that enables toolpath editing after initial toolpath generation. "Especially productive for optimizing tool and mold making, the new toolpath editing feature is easy to use and offers programmers the flexibility to adapt toolpaths by trimming and removing sequences accordingly for component conditions," said a company spokesperson.

To streamline access to Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) and metadata, hyperMILL 2021.1 offers a new import function that retrieves face quality information and metadata when importing CAD data from neutral or native formats, and attaches data to the imported faces in hyperCAD-S, making the information available to hyperMILL and its machining processes.

"We are dedicated to maximizing and simplifying the user experience with hyperMILL by adding innovative and enhanced features and strategies," said Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc. "Keeping pace with evolving CAD/CAM programming requirements, and laying the foundation for future needs, are both vital. In one example, the new PMI and Metadata Import feature in hyperMILL 2021.1 supports future-oriented data formats that will eventually eliminate the need for blueprints."

A new 5-axis Radial Machining strategy allows bottle shapes and similar cavities to be easily and efficiently programmed in hyperMILL, resulting in high quality surface finishes. Using a new radial projection method, toolpaths are calculated quickly so that the most productive machining strategies can be applied. For optimal high precision machining, hyperMILL High Precision Surface Mode and Smooth Overlap strategies can also be applied when using 5-axis Radial Machining, helping ensure the best surface quality and clean transitions.

"For high quality surface finishes and to simplify programming when flank and point milling blades, hyperMILL 2021.1 offers several enhanced Multi-Blade strategies," said the spokesperson. "No longer do blade surfaces need to be ruled for accurate programming results. Using the enhanced strategies, any number of surfaces are permitted for the suction and pressure sides, making it exceptionally easy to extend blade surfaces." Fillets with a variable radius are supported in the latest version of hyperMILL. Also, for high accuracy, the enhanced Multi-Blade flank milling strategies result in smaller deviations on the suction and pressure side, and offer improved tool guidance along the upper boundary in the edge area.

hyperMILL 2021.1 provides a new SIMULATION Center for generic NC data in turning and milling operations. Modeled after the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining Center, the modern SIMULATION Center is integrated in hyperMILL, and offers an intuitive operating environment for faster simulation, independent collision checking and extensive analysis functions.

Additional new features in hyperMILL 2021.1 include an easy-to-use XY Optimization command for optimal 3D profile finishing. In the hyperMILL Mill-Turn Module, the high-performance mode has been integrated into a 3-axis simultaneous roughing strategy, combining the advantages of HPC and simultaneous turning. For the simplified alignment of components, hyperCAD-S has a new Align Best Fit machining command that allows like-geometry components to be aligned with one another using defined pairs of points.

For more information contact:

OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc.

1492 Highland Ave., Unit 3

Needham, MA 02492


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