OPEN MIND has released the newest version of its CAD/CAM software, hyperMILL 2014.2, which includes several new functions in addition to enhancements to existing functions. The company’s hyperMILL software was touted in market research firm CIMdata’s NC Market Analysis Report 2014 as one of the best CAM systems on the market. In addition to a key extension for solid modelling in hyperCAD-S, the CAD part of the system, hyperMILL 2014.2 features a range of improvements for CAD programmers and machining.
Let’s look at what’s new in this release.
3D shape Z-level finishing
When it comes to Z-level finishing, CAD systems usually simply follow the X and Y coordinates. If the bottom surface is curved, the milling result is not optimal, making it necessary to perform a number of rework machining steps. A new function for 3D shape Z-level finishing makes it possible to reference curved bottom surfaces, after which the milling paths are aligned. As a result, the milling tool nestles optimally along the boundary edge between the bottom and the wall. All intermediate levels are offsets of the bottom plane.
The OPEN MIND soft bounding concept is also integrated into this new function, which ensures that the boundaries to adjacent surfaces are calculated more precisely and that sharp outer edges are machined more smoothly. User benefits include an optimised finish and reduced programming and machining times.
3D rest material machining
The open, deep, steep and flat areas of cavities can be machined in one job with collision avoidance. The rest material areas that are recognized during the collision avoidance are transferred automatically to the subsequent job. To this end, optimal tool selection and positioning once again take place. For example, a longer tool or modified position. This process is repeated until the required contour is achieved. Work here has been greatly simplified for CAM programmers.
hyperMAXX, the cutting (HPC) module for hyperMILL, was also improved in some areas. This includes plunging the milling tool into the material at pre-drilled holes, which saves ‘ramping-in’ of the milling tool at the start of machining. The greatest advantage of this method is that it protects tools, particularly in materials that are difficult to cut. The machining process is also collision-checked. Furthermore, it is now possible to select a zigzag mode in hyperMAXX. This mode is particularly suited to machining large workpieces, as it prevents time-consuming repositioning movements, thereby significantly shortening machining times.
2D plunge milling
With 2D plunge milling, another new feature, material is removed solely by plunging a milling tool. The new cycle is suitable for both roughing and finishing. The advantage here once again lies in the fast machining and particular suitability for materials that are difficult to cut.
For more information about hyperMILL 2014.2, check out there company’s web site here.