CAD/CAM software hyperMILL®: What’s new in 2017.1?
hyperMILL® 2017.1 means greater performance, more process reliability and increased flexibility.
Significant auxiliary processing time savings can be achieved during mill turning with hyperMILL® millTURN-Linking. Numerous new functions for 2.5D, 3D and 5 axis milling increase efficiency. These include 3D-optimised roughing and 5 axis swarf cutting with a curve. The hyperMILL® MAXX Machining performance package has also been extended. And, hyperCAD®-S once again features many new highlights.
Freely definable tool cutting edge
This extension allows freely definable tool geometries to be used for machining in selected 2D cycles. hyperMILL® uses the free geometries of the tool cutting edge for simulation and collision checking.
Suitable for the following 2D strategies:
- Contour milling on 3D models
- Playback milling
- Plunge milling
Benefit: Flexible tool definition, increased safety during collision checking, use of special tools.
hyperMILL® MAXX Machining
High-performance cutting (HPC)
A new option allows the spindle speed to be adjusted in the plunge macro for roughing. Modifying the spindle speed and specifying a dwell time for the speed change ensures more toolfriendly machining. This option is available for all roughing jobs in the 2.5D, 3D and 5axis area.
Benefit: Tool-friendly, greater process reliability.
CAM – 2.5D strategies
2D T-slot milling on 3D models
This is a new strategy for the efficient machining of T-slots. Various tool references and an optimised axial infeed allow T-slots to be machined safely. All toolpaths are checked for collisions and therefore provide maximum safety.
Benefit: Fast machining of T-slots, user-friendly.
CAM – 3D strategies
3D cutting edge machining
This is a new cycle for the optimised 3D machining of cutting edges. Roughing and finishing operations are generated via a 3D curve selection. The rest material machining is generated via the ‘Reference job’ option. Here, the rest material areas of the previous machining operation are also included in each case. Toolpath smoothing ensures a better milling result if the contours are of poor quality. This strategy guarantees efficient machining, particularly for cutting dies.
Benefit: Fast and easy programming of cutting edges.
3D optimised roughing: adaptive pocket
With the help of this extension, adaptive pockets are fitted into the area to be roughed. As a result, high feedrate cutters can be used more efficiently and the linear machine movements allow higher feedrate values to be achieved than before. The machining can be executed as an adaptive pocket or as an adaptive pocket in combination with conventional roughing. Here, the toolpaths of the adaptive pocket and the remaining machining are optimally connected.
Benefit: Simple and fast programming, fast milling.
CAM – 5-axis strategies
5-axis swarf cutting with a curve
Two new functions ensure greater user-friendliness. A perfect surface and an equally perfect curve are created automatically for swarf cutting based on selected geometries via a surface selection. Interior corners are filleted automatically. This ensures optimal machining.
Benefit: User-friendly, fast and easy programming.
CAM mill turning
hyperMILL® millTURN-Linking allows multiple job steps, which can be machined with the same tool, to be combined intelligently into a single job step. This eliminates retraction movements between the individual operations and significantly reduces auxiliary processing times. All connecting paths are optimised with respect to the component and checked for collisions.
Benefit: Reduced auxiliary processing times.
hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining
Perfect fusion of virtual and real machining
Real machine collisions not only cause damage to machines; they also lead to production losses and associated time delays. This is why the actual machining situation, that is, the machine including controller and PLC, is mapped virtually and simulated based on the NC code in the hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center. In addition, the innovative hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Connector provides in-depth, unique networking and synchronisation with the machine.
Reliable and comprehensive simulation: Often, machine movements are only simulated on the basis of internally used data. In other words, simulation takes place before the postprocessor run. In this type of CAM-based simulation, the postprocessor and simulation remain unconnected. With its hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center, OPEN MIND has decided to go one major step further by ensuring that the simulation is based on the NC code after the postprocessor run.* Here, the virtual machine movements correspond exactly to the real machine movements. Only this machine simulation based on the NC code can guarantee reliable collision detection – even before starting on the machine.
*hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining requires a hyperMILL® Virtual Machining postprocessor.
Networking in real time – Machines are opening up as Smart Factory advances. With its hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Connector, OPEN MIND is for the first time offering a bidirectional exchange of data with the machine controller. This way, the CAM and machine world are networked in the best possible way and so-called ‘Connected Machining’ becomes a reality – an absolute highlight. Extensive advantages are opened up to companies on this new level of industrial digitalisation to secure long-term improvements in their processes and products.
The machine zero points are aligned with those of the NC program. Clamping errors or incorrect positions are avoided.
Tool data from the NC program is automatically compared with the tool data of the machine. If this data does not match, an error message is output and the program run is halted.
The NC block of the machine can be synchronised with the hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center; the machining position of the machine simulation after the synchronisation corresponds exactly to the real machine position.
The NC program is loaded directly into the memory of the machine controller.
CAD integration: hyperCAD®-S
Two new functions and an optimisation are available for selecting CAD elements.
- Circular selection: a new selection tool for selecting circular CAD elements
- Segment selection: This new selection tool makes it possible to select CAD elements in segment areas.
- Limited faces: This command allows a selected chain to be used as a boundary.
New functions are available for draft analysis. Information on angles can be displayed as a tooltip. By setting a boundary for the draft angle, a curve can be extracted for limiting the milling area.
Benefit: Fast analysis of milling areas and support for creating milling areas.
Curvature analysis is a new function that includes four options.
- Mean curvature
- Gaussian curvature
- Minimum radius of curvature
- Absolute minimum radius of curvature
In addition, the curvature information is displayed as a tooltip and a curve can be extracted from a delimited area.
Benefit: Fast analysis of radii sizes.