OPEN MIND Debuts hyperMILL 2021.1 CAD/CAM Software Suite 

Innovations and enhancements optimize machining tools and molds and more.

Innovations and enhancements optimize machining tools and molds and more.

A new 5-axis Radial Machining strategy allows bottle shapes and similar cavities to be easily and efficiently programmed in hyperMILL. Image courtesy of OPEN Mind Technologies.


OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, has introduced its latest hyperMILL 2021.1 CAD/CAM software suite that offers users new and enhanced features for efficient 3D, 5-axis and mill/turn machining. Key innovations include a new “Interactive Edit Toolpath” capability that enables toolpath editing after initial toolpath generation.

Productive for optimizing tool and mold-making, the new toolpath editing feature is easy to use, and offers programmers the flexibility to adapt toolpaths by trimming and removing sequences accordingly for component conditions. 

To streamline access to product manufacturing information (PMI) and metadata, hyperMILL 2021.1 offers a new import function that retrieves face quality information and metadata when importing CAD data from neutral or native formats, and attaches data to the imported faces in hyperCAD-S, making the information available to hyperMILL and its machining processes. 

“Keeping pace with evolving CAD/CAM programming requirements, and laying the foundation for future needs are both vital. In one example, the new PMI and Metadata Import feature in hyperMILL 2021.1 supports future-oriented data formats that will eventually eliminate the need for blueprints,” says Alan Levine, managing director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc.  

A new 5-axis Radial Machining strategy allows bottle shapes and similar cavities to be easily and efficiently programmed in hyperMILL, resulting in high quality surface finishes. Using a new radial projection method, toolpaths are calculated quickly so that the most productive machining strategies can be applied. For optimal high precision machining, hyperMILL “High Precision Surface Mode” and “Smooth Overlap” strategies can also be applied when using 5-axis Radial Machining, ensuring the best surface quality and clean transitions. 

For quality surface finishes and to simplify programming when flank and point milling blades, hyperMILL 2021.1 offers several enhanced Multi-Blade strategies. No longer do blade surfaces need to be ruled for accurate programming results. Using the enhanced strategies, any number of surfaces are permitted for the suction and pressure sides, making it exceptionally easy to extend blade surfaces. Fillets with a variable radius are supported in the latest version of hyperMILL. Also, for high accuracy, the enhanced Multi-Blade flank milling strategies result in smaller deviations on the suction and pressure side, and offer improved tool guidance along the upper boundary in the edge area.

hyperMILL 2021.1 provides a new, powerful SIMULATION Center for generic NC data in turning and milling operations. Modeled after the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining Center, the new, modern SIMULATION Center is integrated in hyperMILL, and offers an intuitive operating environment for faster simulation, independent collision checking and extensive analysis functions. 

Additional new features in hyperMILL 2021.1 include a new, easy-to-use “XY Optimization” command for optimal 3D profile finishing. In the hyperMILL Mill-Turn Module, the high-performance mode has been integrated into a three-axis simultaneous roughing strategy, combining the advantages of HPC and simultaneous turning. For the simplified alignment of components, hyperCAD-S has a new “Align Best Fit” machining command that allows like-geometry components to be aligned with one another using defined pairs of points.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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