CAD/CAM Suite Eliminates Cycle Recalculation Requirements
Eastec 2019: Open Mind’s HyperMill 2019.1 has a range of new features and enhancements including expanded modules, process optimizations, a new function for reducing calculation times, tool database flexibility, and CAD optimization.
Open Mind’s HyperMill 2019.1 has a range of new features and enhancements including an expanded Finishing Module in the HyperMill Maxx Machining performance package, process optimizations such as a new thread milling module, a new function for reducing calculation times, tool database flexibility, and CAD optimization. The expanded functions are said to offer further improvements for cycle time reductions, higher surface finish quality, increased user convenience and more.
The new 5-Axis Prismatic Fillet Finishing function in HyperMill Maxx Machining enables the geometry and automatic inclination of barrel cutters to be applied using a plunging and pulling movement at high feed rates.
Whereas traditional CAM software processing uses a close-approximation mesh surface for machining calculations, standardizing CAM processing even in cases when the design model has imperfections, the updated Profile Milling technique in 2019.1 can machine directly to the model surface, which is said to improve surface finishes.
Among the process improvements in 2019.1, the updated Thread Milling module is said to be easier to program. It supports a large number of thread milling types while simplifying selection and milling direction options, the company says.
Version 2019.1 also eliminates cycle recalculation requirements, improving processing speed. Recalculation cycles are no longer required when job I.D. numbers are changed or when fixture positions change. In addition, for improved tool management, users now have the option to individually expand the tool database as well as the ability to store order numbers, pricing and tool-life detail.
CAD/CAM features can be key to realizing effective High Speed Machining.
Finally there is an alternative to ballnose endmills for finishing 3D parts. The combination of finishing tools shaped to provide more cutting surface and a CAM system with the ability to apply them on a five-axis machining center can dramatically reduce finishing cycle times while delivering better surface finishes.
The additional rotary milling axis on these machines allows them to complete many types of complex parts in a single setup, but these machines have gained a reputation for being difficult to program. Today’s CAM software, however, eases the programming challenge significantly.