Another project of the development partnership involves the milling of combustion chamber cores for cylinder heads. “When we notice that we frequently need similar programmes, we work together with OPEN MIND to find a suitable solution in order to reduce the level of effort required,” explains Wenserski. “In the case of milling combustion chamber cores, we used one of these automations to reduce programming times from two hours per component to just a few minutes.”
This automation is based on the hyperMILL® API programming interface, or in other words, an open interface to the outside over which it is possible to define processes. When it comes to combustion chamber cores, the add-on program identifies an edge and calculates and generates a guide surface in the CAD model. All that’s left is for the hyperMILL® user to select the relevant component family and check the calculation results. The milling program is subsequently automatically generated. In this way, it is possible to generate programs for other recurring components at the push of a button.