CAD/CAM Updates Expand Finishing Functions, Ease Job Management

Open Mind has released HyperMill 2019.1, the latest version of the CAD/CAM suite, with an expanded finishing module in the the HyperMill Maxx Machining performance package.


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Open Mind has released HyperMill 2019.1 with an expanded finishing module in the the HyperMill Maxx Machining performance package. Updates to the CAD/CAM software include process optimizations as well as functions for reducing calculation times.

The 5-axis Prismatic Fillet Finishing module can be used in accordance with the principle of a high-feed milling cutter because of the geometry and automatic setting of the barrel cutter. Processing takes place in a plunging and pulling movement with a high feed, providing optimal machining performance with conical barrel cutters (circle segment or parabolic cutters), says the company.

Thread milling options have been redesigned for HyperMill 2019.1 for greater user friendliness. The module supports a variety of different thread milling cutter types and offers selection of right- and left-hand threads or the definition of the milling direction (from bottom to top or vice versa). The thread milling feature also offers automatic approach and retract macros, a selection of roughing options, and simplified programming.

HyperMill can manage the order of the processing steps with job IDs. Changes to these job numbers, formerly resulting in recalculations, are now avoided to save time, the company says. A job ID can be changed without having to subsequently recalculate the machining job in question. The clamping position can also be changed later without recalculating machining jobs.

HyperCAD-S, the CAD component of the HyperMill Suite, has been optimized for CAM requirements. In Version 2019.1, polyline management has been added to aid the application of CAD functionalities such as lengthening or trimming to the element type polylines. Like all other elements, polylines can be edited with trimming, merging, orienting or selecting.

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