Chris Taylor boils down their company’s philosophy into one sentence: “From day one, 5th Axis’ strategy has been to take advantage of the most advanced software, equipment and technologies available.”
Today, their bustling shop floor is equipped with the “best of the best” 3- and 5-axis high-speed machining centers from Germany, Switzerland and Japan. To further support the company’s philosophy to use the most advanced software, all of the machines are programmed with hyperMILL® CAM software from OPEN MIND. But it wasn’t always this way.
Once Grangetto and Taylor began to dig into programming the machines, they discovered their existing CAM software had huge shortcomings. They were faced with unexpected machining collisions and couldn’t fully utilize the speed, capabilities and potential of their new high-end machines.
hyperMILL® CAM software from OPEN MIND also includes an exceptionally productive module called MAXX Machining. By careful control of material removal and use of smooth trochoidal tool path motion where possible, hyperMILL® MAXX Machining creates extremely efficient roughing tool paths. It allows feed rates to be set for the best cutting conditions, rather than the typical process of setting feed rates for the most challenging cut, such as a corner condition.
Taylor said that, “hyperMILL® support is one of the things that really separates OPEN MIND from other CAM software vendors on the market. OPEN MIND takes complete ownership of postprocessor development, and that’s a really big deal, especially when 5-axis machining where an accurate post becomes extremely critical in avoiding crashes. The machine does exactly what we simulate on the computer screen.”
OPEN MIND postprocessors are developed as a core technology of the company, using internal experts. Postprocessors are customized and have configurable parameters to give the customer needed control for their particular environment. “We have the confidence to take on ever-more challenging jobs due to the combination of high quality tool paths and the advanced capabilities of the CAM software, the postprocessor support, plus having a team of extremely skilled technical support people on hand when we program very complex parts. With OPEN MIND’s help we never burn money getting stuck on a job. Their contribution has been a really big part of the growth of our business,” commented Taylor.