OPEN MIND Technologies
hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Optimizer enables individual part programs to be linked with smooth, safe connections.

Efficient Programming, Machining for 2.5D, 3D, Five-Axis and Mill/Turn Machining

June 15, 2022
Virtual machining, additive manufacturing, automation capabilities, and toolpath optimization are among the 2023.1 highlights to be demonstrated.

CAD/CAM software developer OPEN MIND Technologies will be exhibiting at IMTS 2022 – booth 133351 – highlighting the advanced capabilities of its latest hyperMILL® CAD/CAM software suite. The program’s efficient programming and machining strategies promote accurate, efficient 2.5D, 3D, five-axis and mill/turn machining.

Developed with Industry 4.0 in mind, the hyperMILL® virtual machining provides postprocessing, and G-code simulation, including a virtual machining optimizer that offers innovative solutions to improve toolpaths traditionally calculated in the CAM engine. The optimizer also incorporates knowledge of the part model, tooling, the toolpath calculation, and collision check engine, and the machine tool model with its physical constraints.

New, improved linking logic in hyperMILL® virtual machining optimizer for five-axis table-table machines will be highlighted at IMTS. The virtual machining optimizer module links individual part programs with smooth and safe connections and an "Optimized Table-Table Logic" option automatically calculates smooth connections between a retract move and subsequent insert, including optimization of clearance planes.

Attendees also will see a new virtual machining capability for additive manufacturing processes, for which machines often have limited axis ranges. The hyperMILL® virtual machining optimizer can be used during NC code generation to simulate and optimize additive tool paths.

The additive manufacturing process in hyperMILL® CAM software supports both 3D printing/ and subtractive machining on a single machine tool. hyperMILL® additive manufacturing technology offers 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.

A new hyperMILL® Automation Center allows users to automate the job list creation processes in hyperCAD®-S, serving as both a development and runtime environment. New features include the ability to select and position the clamping device, as well as to define a uniform process for all programmers.

Also to be highlighted at IMTS is a new break-edge function for contour milling, combined pocket milling together with a finish path allowing cutter compensation, and increased efficiency for 3D plane machining.

The new, automated 3D plane machining strategy improves machining quality by searching for suitable, high performance path layouts according to parameters including when adaptive pockets are present. New extensions to the hyperMILL® MILL-TURN capability that enable more streamlined programming, simulation processing and management for machines with main and counter spindle configurations will also be demonstrated.

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