CAM integrated in CAD: hyperMILL® for hyperCAD®-S
With hyperCAD®-S, OPEN MIND has developed CAD software that is perfectly tailored to its hyperMILL® CAM software. The CAM specialist is fully focussed on the specific needs of CAM programmers.
CAM programmers use CAD systems differently from most engineers and designers. The traditional CAD tasks for CAM programmers include: selecting, adding, deleting, modifying, showing and hiding points, curves and faces. Another task is to generate ruled, filling and offset faces that must always meet the highest standards of quality.
Only a CAM developer can do CAD for CAM.
With hyperCAD®-S, OPEN MIND has created a CAD solution that is fully oriented to the requirements of CAM users: Efficient CAM programming is of primary importance and it is the job of the CAD system to provide perfect support for this.
hyperCAD®-S comes with unique, CAM-specific functions and thus forms a new standard among CAD systems: For example, the toolpaths that are typical for CAM programming are also a separate element type just like lines or faces.
“At last we’ve got a CAD system for CAM programmers!”
Stefan Nagel, Deputy Managing Director of
Kiefer Werkzeug- und Vorrichtungsbau, Pfullingen, Germany
Ground-breaking CAD/CAM integration
hyperCAD®-S impresses with a very streamlined user interface and a comprehensive interface package. Consistently implemented 64-bit technology and the powerful CAD kernel allow for lightning-fast transition to the CAM area. Direct access to all CAD functions has a noticeable effect on the overall performance of the CAD/CAM system.
This ground-breaking CAD/CAM integration enables more efficient CAD processes and unrestricted CAM programming. The hyperMILL® CAM software benefits directly from hyperCAD®-S and its unprecedented functional scope. This allows hyperMILL® programmers to get the most out of their machines in even less time.
The innovations already start in the system kernel. It contains different element types for lines and faces, such as cylindrical, plane, free-form, rotational and various other faces. The advantage: In NC programming, for example, all cylindrical faces – and therefore all drill holes, divided again according to specific diameter, if required – can be combined elegantly and processed efficiently with the same drilling strategy. Toolpaths, polygon meshes, point clouds, rectangles – workflows are greatly accelerated by shifting the most common CAM-related elements to the CAD kernel. This greatly accelerates the processes.
hyperCAD®-S was designed for Windows. The new database offers intelligent element management. In addition to familiar filters, such as for layers and colours, it is also possible to filter according to geometric, system-based and user-defined properties.
Graphically modern and user-friendly is how the new, very clearly arranged, user interface presents itself – for learning how to use hyperCAD®-S quickly. Self-explanatory icons make working with the software intuitive from the very start. Very important for CAM users: hyperCAD®-S supports any number of freely definable workplanes, which can be saved with transformation/rotation data and can be selected as a reference. As many operator workstations in manufacturing are equipped with touchscreens, the toolbars and commands can also be operated via a touchscreen.
In addition to familiar properties such as layer and colour, the most common geometric and system properties are available as user-defined filters. Graphic entities can be linked using tags, similar to keywords. This makes it easy to filter all the information about the CAD model.
- Standard: IGES, STEP, STL, DXF and DWG, Parasolid, point cloud
- Direct: hyperCAD® files, Catia V4 and V5, Autodesk® Inventor®, Siemens NX and JT, SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo
- On demand: Catia V4 and V5
- IGES, STEP, STL and point cloud