Trend-setting tilt strategies for 5-axis milling
The hyperMILL® CAM software offers 5-axis milling with a fixed tool angle, with automatic indexing and with simultaneous machining. The optimal tilt strategy can be selected based on the machine kinematics and geometry.
Multi-axis indexing with fixed tool inclination
Moving and tipping of the workplane allows parts to be machined from different directions without reclamping. The direction of machining corresponds to the orientation of the tool. Programming times are reduced with transformation functions to shifted or tilted workplanes.
Milling with fixed option 3+2
For 3D machining with a tool that is tilted relative to the machining direction, milling areas can be programmed easily, defined without overlaps and gaps and checked for collisions. This strategy ensures that all areas including details are completely calculated.
Automated 3+2 milling offers an alternative if the milling machine does not fulfil the dynamic requirements for 5-axis simultaneous milling. Large areas that require various tool angles are programmed and milled in a single operation. Automatic indexing scans for fixed tool inclinations for the corresponding tool paths. If there are possible holder collisions, the respective path segment can be subdivided automatically into smaller segments with the corresponding tool positions.
5-axis simultaneous machining
This 5-axis machining cycle is the alternative to conventional 3+2 milling for machining on or near steep walls. Similarly, a tool tilt to the Z-axis is predefined – collision-free, if possible. The continuous movement of the tool around the Z-axis is calculated by hyperMILL® either fully automatically or as a result of defined tilt curves. Possible collisions are automatically detected and avoided by changing the tool angle. Optimised tool tilt angles improve cutting conditions when milling surfaces.