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New CAM Software First to Offer Virtual Machining Simulation

OPEN MIND Technologies AG has introduced hyperMILL® 2018.1, a new version of its advanced, comprehensive CAM software. hyperMILL® 2018.1 has a range of new features and enhancements including greater blending capabilities, 3D-optimized roughing, global fitting, rotational abilities for CAD electrode applications and totally new to the industry -- virtual machining simulation.

Smooth Transitions

New hyperMILL® 2018.1 functionality includes an enhancement to the "soft overlap" feature for blending machining marks found between steep and flat areas, or located at the boundaries of rest machining regions. Using this enhanced feature, the milling tool is briefly lifted to blend milling paths into another, preventing visible transitions from being generated, resulting in better surface quality.

3D-Optimized Roughing

In hyperMILL® 2018.1, the 3D-optimized roughing cycle has been enhanced for applications with high feed cutters. The step-over distance can be calculated from the scallop height measured against the high feed cutter geometry. A special tool path movement removes rest material from corners when there is a very large step-over. Intelligent cut division and optimized toolpaths provide greater process safety for the remaining thin ridges.

Global Fitting

A new "global fitting" feature can simplify the definition of complex surfaces or patches of surfaces. Many hyperMILL® CAM strategies will recognize and follow the ISO u-v orientation of the surface patch. hyperMILL® MAXX Machining finishing is one technique that benefits from having a simplified surface definition.

Rotational Electrode

hyperCAD®-S Electrode automates the construction and manufacturing of electrodes for die-sinking. Users can simply choose their electrodes from the face to be die-sunk within the component geometry, with no special expertise required. To save users time during milling and eroding, hyperCAD®-S in hyperMILL® 2018.1 includes an easy-to-use "rotational electrode" feature which facilitates the circular placement of multiple electrode geometries with different spark gaps on a holder.

Virtual Machining

Developed with Industry 4.0 in mind, an early release of hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining simulation is available in version 2018.1, which enables constant real time bi-directional communication between the machine tool controller and a remote hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining simulation, significantly improving manufacturing workflow.

Machining operations can be reliably evaluated, checked and optimized before running a job by using process networking and virtual mapping found in hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining. The hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining NC Optimizer can enhance computed NC instructions to optimize available workspace, manage limited axes and select the best approach for asymmetric machine heads. Safety, reliability, speed and process control optimization from CAD/CAM to machine are all improved with hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining.

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