The ‘Augsburger Panther’, a member of the DEL (German Hockey League) are the most renowned ‘panthers’ around these parts. Haimer GmbH, headquartered in Igenhausen, located just 30 minutes from Augsburg, is a proud fan and sponsor of the professional hockey team. The family company, a market leader that develops, manufactures and sells high-precision metal cutting products, came up with the ingenious idea of milling a panther out of aluminum at the HAIMER application center. The panther is a masterful part showing that 5-axes-milling with HAIMER tool holders and solid carbide endmills, can compete with the sport of hockey in terms of speed, power and dynamics.
Head of the application center Konstantin Brodowski sees even greater parallels: “Hockey isn’t just about speed and brute force. Each player must possess excellent technical skills and contribute them into a perfect team play. HAIMER works in very much the same way by incorporating the perfect synergy of its high-tech products with most modern machine tools and the best in class CAD/CAM software.”
One-two between machining and programming experts
In their search for ‘teammates’ for the panther project, HAIMER turned to OPEN MIND, a longstanding partner and CAD/CAM manufacturer based in Wessling, Germany. Their hyperMILL® CAM system is the leader in 5-axis machining according to many players within the machining industry, making OPEN MIND the perfect match when it comes to programming completely freely shaped contours. They showed no hesitation in answering ‘yes’ to the question of whether an application engineer was up for the job of programming the unusual showpiece and joining us on the milling project. Manager of Global Engineering Services Christian Neuner explains: “A model such as this one is a great opportunity to put the versatility and flexibility of our software to the test. In many ways, the panther analogy very much applies to us. hyperMILL® has lots of functions that allow CAM users to truly put a machine’s power to the ultimate test to achieve the desired goal.”
That’s why Jakob Nordmann, application engineer at OPEN MIND, set up camp in Igenhausen, Germany for a few weeks, where he teamed up with HAIMER applications engineer Daniel Swoboda to set up the perfect programming and machining infrastructure. As for the milling machine, they chose the linear, 5-axis DMG MORI HSC70 machining center located in the HAIMER Application Center, which is ideally suited for precise aluminum machining and excellent surface finish.