New features and enhancements
The latest versions of hyperMILL® have a range of new features and enhancements including greater blending capabilities, 3D-optimized roughing & finishing, global fitting, rotational abilities for CAD electrode applications – and virtual machining simulation, which is debuting in North America at IMTS. Developed with Industry 4.0 in mind, hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining enables constant real time bi-directional communication between the machine tool controller and a remote hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining simulation, significantly improving manufacturing workflow. Mr. Peter Brambs, Director of Product Innovation at OPEN MIND Technologies, will present How Virtual Machining CAM Technology Solution Improves Manufacturing Workflow” on September 13 from 1:15 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. in Room W194-A at McCormick Place. To learn more and register for this conference, visit (imts.com/conference).
For reduced programming time and improved milling, IMTS attendees can learn about two new functions in hyperMILL® for 3D Z-level Shape Finishing. These include an Automatic Face Extension” capability that can be used during programming to extend the selected milling surfaces, eliminating the need to modify the milling faces in the CAD system beforehand. Barrel cutters (in addition to general, tangential and conical barrel cutters) can also now be used for 3D Z-level Shape Finishing. 3D Optimized Roughing has also been enhanced, to ensure that multiple allowances are taken into account when free tool geometries are used.
hyperMILL® CAM software from OPEN MIND enables revolutionary 5-axis strategies for fast, easy-to-use programming, resulting in reduced cycle times and high quality surface finishes. The integrated hyperMILL® MAXX Machining finishing module, a performance package of the hyperMILL® CAM software suite, is the CAM programming source enabling the use of conical barrel cutter technology to reduce machining cycle times by over 90%. It is ideal for planar, ruled and curved surfaces often found in complex 5-axis components. hyperMILL® MAXX Machining offers three powerful modules for finishing, roughing and drilling.
Attendees can learn about some new features planned for the hyperMILL® 2019.1 release including high precision machining using ball end mills and equidistant machining with multiple island capabilities to create better surface finishes. Visitors are also invited speak with the OPEN MIND experts to learn about the new, highly efficient rollFEED® turning strategy in hyperMILL®.
Pioneering 5-axis technology
A basketball hoop that was successfully machined using 5-axis programming from hyperMILL® will be on display in OPEN MIND's IMTS booth, where visitors can apply their hoop shooting skills. Starting with a 180 lb. block of aluminum and using a 12.6 inch (320 mm) length cutting tool, the finished basketball hoop was milled to 1b. 4 oz., a 99.3% material reduction. The hoop has an intricate design that was machined to the finest levels of detail.