The Electrode module

hyperMILL® Electrode (formerly hyperCAD®-S Electrode) – the module for manufacturing electrodes easily and safely that covers the design and CAM programming stages, as well as the output sent to NC milling machines.

Die-sinking processes are used for sharp-edged and difficult-to-mill component areas. The suitable electrodes need to be designed first, then programmed, and then finally milled. The hyperMILL® Electrode module significantly reduces the amount of work involved in both the design and CAM programming stages.

Designing an electrode in just a few short steps

The Electrodes module largely automates the design process in the hyperMILL® CAD software. The NC programmer selects the surfaces to be eroded on the component geometry and the hyperMILL® Electrodes module generates the corresponding collision-free electrodes. This means that hyperMILL® Electrode automatically extends the electrode faces as needed and also calculates the blank and the holder.

Fast and reliable CAM programming of electrodes for die-sinking EDM

Geometry and technology information are seamlessly transferred to hyperMILL® through a dedicated feature. All the key technology data is transferred directly from the hyperMILL® Electrode module into the feature information. The CAM system supports the user during electrode programming with a separate dialog window and feature type to avoid errors. The NC programmer can perform the entire process with just a few clicks and without any design knowledge. If machining macros exist, the process can be partially or fully automated.

Electrode module features

  • Suitable for solid and face mo­dels
  • Geometry selection through face and contour selection
  • Automatic extension of electrode geometry
  • Holes in the geometry can be auto­ma­ti­cal­ly closed
  • Measuring markers for the e­lec­tro­de
  • Automatic color and layer de­fi­ni­ti­on for the individual e­lec­tro­de areas
  • Automatic raw material and hol­der selection with best-fit option for optimal alignment
  • Automatic stock calculation and collision avoidance
  • Electrode reference as chamfer or radius
  • Detailed reports
  • Incorporation of manually created e­lec­tro­de geometries into the automated process
  • Automatic calculation of the minimum rib distance
  • Automatic calculation of the length and ad­just­ment options for the length of u­se­less raw material
  • Fast programming in hyperMILL®:
    All technology data, such as the spark gap, stock size and positional reference are automatically transferred in hyperMILL®. The programming work can be further automated using machining macros.

Electrode module functions

Color coding

User-specific color information is automatically applied to the geometry areas of the electrode.

Geometry extension

Automatic tangential or linear extension of the electrode geometry. Angle extension is also available for stabilisation.

Production report

A print view with technological information or electrode and raw material reports can be issued for each individual electrode.

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