Efficient 3D machining for simple and complex components

    hyperMILL® CAM software offers powerful and precise functions for 3D milling. Simple and also complex components can be manufactured with high-quality surfaces both quickly and reliably.

    3D milling | CAM software

    Numerous strategies for roughing and finishing ensure efficient 3D machining. The toolpaths are always calculated with the aim of achieving optimised manufacturing times. An example of this is the avoidance of unnecessary rapid movements and redundant movements.

    Even more performance

    The high-performance cutting (HPC) functions in hyperMILL® MAXX Machining help to further improve performance, particularly during roughing. And, the functions for high-speed cutting (HSC) milling also satisfy the highest demands for precision, surface quality, tool life and machine dynamics. Gentle infeed movements, spiral approach movements and rounded corners all contribute to achieving high feedrates.

    Thanks to its comprehensive automation solutions, hyperMILL® also offers enormous potential for savings in the area of 3D programming.

    Strategies for 3D milling

    • Arbitrary Stock Roughing
    • Profile Finishing
    • Z Level Shape Finishing
    • ISO Machining
    • 3D-optimised Roughing
    • Z Level Finishing
    • Free Path Milling
    • Plane Machining


    • Plunge Roughing
    • Complete Finishing
    • Equidistant Finishing
    • Form Pocket
    • Pencil Milling
    • Automatic Rest Machining
    • Rework Machining
    • Curve Flow Machining
    • Rib and Groove Machining
    • Probing

    Details on 3D milling


    3D HPC roughing

    Any stock geometries can be used as the starting base for the roughing process and can then be processed plane by plane. Various optimisation options enable extremely efficient machining:


    3D equidistant finishing

    Numerous strategies are available for finishing for the purpose of milling perfect surfaces: These range from Profile Finishing, which allows collision-free milling to take place for all faces, close to the contour and across the entire face formation, through to Equidistant Finishing, which uses a uniform face infeed even for steep faces.

    High-Speed Cutting (HSC)

    3D HSC z level finishing

    Special HSC functions are integrated in hyperMILL® to meet the high requirements for precision, surface quality, tool life and machine dynamics.

    • Filleting of corner radii
    • Smooth plunging
    • Smooth infeed
    • Spiral machining
    • Avoidance of full cuts

    Rib Machining

    3D rib machining

    This strategy is designed specifically to program negative rib shapes. During Rib Machining, grooves to be milled are detected automatically and steep areas and floors are machined separately from each other. The CAM software selects a suitable rouging strategy based on the geometric situation in order to completely machine contiguous areas. The cycle supports conical and conically reinforced tools.

    3D-optimised Rest Material Roughing

    3D optimized rest material roughing

    This cycle generates HSC-optimised toolpaths for rest material machining. A prior roughing operation serves as the starting point. Rest material areas are calculated extremely quickly based on the stock and the minimum stock removal value defined by the user. An increased feedrate when leaving the stock guarantees efficient machining.

    5-axis multi-axis indexing

    All 3D machining strategies can also be applied for multi-axis indexing with a fixed tool angle. During this process, the machining orientation is defined using the frame. Simple frame definition and management assist the user in programming machining operations with tilted fourth and fifth axes. With transformations in the NC programs, users can easily and conveniently create programs for multiple components clamped within a single plane or in a tombstone fixture, for instance. All traverse movements are checked for collisions and path-optimised.

    5-axis multi-axis indexing | 3D milling

    3D Plane Machining

    With 3D plane machining the user can program single or multiple planar surfaces quickly and fully collision checked. All planar surfaces are detected automatically using a boundary. It is also possible to define the milling areas manually via surface selection. In order to machine planar surfaces as quickly as possible, an efficient pocket strategy is used.

    Benefits of 3D milling strategies

    • Simple and complex parts are machined highly efficiently
    • Collision-checked, precise toolpaths
    • Detailed simulation
    • HSC- and HPC-optimised toolpaths for increased performance
    • Optimal approach and retract strategies for all cycles
    • Simple and fast programming with Customised Process Features (CPF)