OPEN MIND to highlight hyperMILL software suite at IMTS

June 21, 2024

June 21, 2024

Open Mind will showcase its hyperMILL 2024 CAD/CAM Software Suite at IMTS 2024 (Courtesy Open Mind)
Open Mind will showcase its hyperMILL 2024 CAD/CAM Software Suite at IMTS 2024 (Courtesy Open Mind)

Open Mind Technologies, headquartered in Wessling, Germany, has announced that it will demonstrate its hyperMILL 2024 CAD/CAM Software Suite at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) taking place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from September 9-14, 2024. The company will be located in the Software Pavilion – East Hall, at Booth #133351.

The hyperMILL software suite includes a range of enhancements to its core toolpath capabilities, as well as new functionality for increased NC programming efficiency in applications ranging from 2.5D machining to five-axis milling loop.

An optimised deep hole drilling CAM strategy is intended to offer improved machining reliability by providing a user-friendly interface with process-relevant parameters clearly defined on a new process tab. New capabilities enable coolant and dwell time stages to be identified and allow a chip break to be integrated into a drilling process. A new single-tip gun drill tool simulation function provides precise collision checking and a detailed visualisation of the stock removal.

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A new algorithm for three- and five-axis rest machining enables automatic, complete detection of all rest material areas, in addition to optimised toolpath calculations for faster reliable machining. Toolpaths are now optimally divided to ensure more efficient machining, and the detection of intersection areas where paths meet has been optimised for collision avoidance.

An additional toolpath improvement is an enhanced path layout for the 3D Plane Machining cycle. The new strategy has a smoother path and fewer pick-ups. While the toolpath length (distance) may be longer in some cases, the machining time, as tested on a variety of NC controllers, has been reduced.

A new generation of programming assistance and analysis –CAM Plan – is introduced in hyperMILL 2024, simplifying various programming tasks and identifying possible sources of error. Predefined workflow steps safely guide users through the preparation and programming process, while the geometries and features required are automatically created. Also, potential errors are flagged for removal such as double surfaces or gaps between model patches.

The first benefit noted by the company of its hyperMILL CAM Plan is that component topology is analysed to produce a precise toolpath that has command locations aligned with key geometric features and with optimised point distribution for milling. The result is said to improved surface finishes, easier processing by NC controllers, and reduced machining times.

For easy generation of three- and five-axis NC programs with axis change and an optimised use of the workspace, the NC Optimizer feature in the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining strategy now offers the option to transform X- and Y-axis movements into a movement that utilises the rotation axis in the table. By swapping axes, an XY movement is transformed into a simultaneous CX movement which eliminates rewind movements during machining.

The reading back of measuring points when using hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining is a new feature that allows graphical representation of measured points on the part model, rather than comparing a list of measurement results. Users can also quickly identify measuring points that are out of tolerance on a 3D part model and compare trends over sequential measurements.

In addition to its presence at IMTS, Open Mind and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will host a presentation at the IMTS Conference Sessions titled ‘HEAL-IT: Hybrid-Manufacturing Enabled Agility and Longevity of Industrial Tools.’ The presentation – given by David Bourdages, Additive Manufacturing Product Manager at OPEN MIND Technologies and Lauren Heinrich, R&D Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility – will focus on a recent collaboration to repair a bottle mold using hybrid manufacturing (additive and subtractive machining), and will take place on Wednesday, September 11th at 11:00 AM.

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