CAM Suite Improves Five-Axis Drilling

Open Mind Technologies' HyperMill 2014 CAM suite features an extension for advanced five-axis drilling and roughing strategies.

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Open Mind Technologies' HyperMill 2014 CAM suite features an extension for advanced five-axis drilling and roughing strategies. The extension makes five-axis drilling in work planes easier and safer, according to the company. Instead of using global clearance planes, holes drilled in the same direction are now combined and defined via work planes. The relative clearance planes of the in-feed movements are then calculated automatically for the different planes. All the holes of a clearance plane form a job step.

HyperMill 2014 also features updates for rework machining. The software's five-axis features have been optimized so that different tool types, such as barrel and woodruff cutters, can be used when converting from three- to five-axis tool paths. In addition to providing strategies for adjusting the tool to the machining model, the function can also be used for the company's HyperMaxx high-performance cutting module.

Open Mind Technologies also offers its HyperCAD-S CAD system for CAM programmers, which includes a module for deforming customized geometries.

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