Workpiece programmed with hyperMILL® wins gold medal
11.01.2012. A “latticework ball” programmed with hyperMILL® won the gold medal at the renowned Mori Seiki “Cutting Dream Contest 2011” in the Design/Prototyping category. The workpiece was submitted by the Japanese firm INABA ENGINEER.
The programming of this intricate latticework ball required know-how and experience on the part of the INABA employees, as well as a flexible CAM system for efficiently solving the complex programming challenge. The company has hyperMILL®, software that offers a broad range of 2D, 3D, HSC, 5axis and mill/turn strategies for the reliable and flexible programming of complex parts. Innovative technologies that require automated programming enable the exploration of alternative machining approaches. The outstanding 5axis strategies for simultaneous machining came in particularly handy in the creation of the latticework ball. Fully automated collision checking and avoidance ensured exemplary and reliable 5axis machining in which the tool, holder and clamps were included in the collision check. The latticework ball was machined on a DMU 40 monoBLOCK.
The Mori Seiki Cutting Dream Contest took place this year for the eighth time. The jury was again staffed with high-ranking professors from various departments at Japanese universities. The competition enjoys a very high reputation in Japan, and the award is a major honour to the winner. INABA ENGINEER representatives accepted the gold medal for their latticework ball at the Mori Seiki Open House on November 17.
“We congratulate INABA ENGINEER for this victory”, said Akira Sugai, Managing Director at OPEN MIND Technologies in Japan, “and we are very proud that hyperMILL® was able for the third time to help a company bring home the gold in this competition.”