Open Mind releases hyperMILL 2019.1

In the latest version (2019.1) of hyperMILL CAD/CAM software, Open Mind has expanded the finishing module of the MAXX Machining package. Other highlights include in-process optimising improvements, as well as newly devised functions for reducing calculation times.

Newly developed functions in the finishing module of hyperMILL MAXX Machining include 5-axis prismatic fillet finishing, which can be used in accordance with the principle of a high-feed milling tool, such as a barrel cutter. Processing takes place in a plunging and pulling movement, with an extremely high feed, which delivers optimum machining performance when using conical barrel cutters, also called circle segment or parabolic cutters. Ball and radius cutters can also be deployed with this strategy.

Thread-milling options have been completely redesigned for hyperMILL 2019.1 to improve convenience and user friendliness for the programmer. The latest thread-milling package incorporates feed-rate repositioning and collision checking for the core diameter. Also included is the generation of a cycle output that is dependent upon process parameters. With roughing options and the cycle output parameters, this feature improves cutter performance and efficiency with constant lateral in-feed and continuous chip flow.

In Version 2019.1, hyperMILL also introduces the V-Sketch module, which allows users to extract geometry from a model and adjust it with respect to the tolerance band of specific part features. Offering a geometrical boundary for milling and turning, the associative support for V-Sketch ensures the contour selection remains intact when a change is made by the programmer. This option enables hyperMILL users to insert radii and chamfers without having to select the geometry again.

Another offering in Version 2019.1 is the newly enhanced 3D profile finishing feature. Added to improve surface finishes and reduce reworking or secondary finishing operations, this surface precision mode can be activated when working to tolerances below 5 micron. The NC calculates points back to a mathematical surface to optimise precision levels and surface finishes.