Although hyperMILL already featured high-precision profile finishing, the 2020.1 version offers a comparable function for 3D shape Z-level finishing. The ‘high-precision surface mode’ option ensures smooth surfaces with tolerances in the micron range. This capability saves time on post-machining finishing processes, particularly when applied to mould making.

In hyperMILL2020.1, the hyperCAD-S ‘Global fitting’ function is directly integrated into the CAM strategy in 5-axis tangent machining. With this function, multiple faces can be joined into one face with defined ISO orientation. The principle of using CAD elements for CAM programming is also applied, such as for automatic face extension. With the automatic face extension, the bounding surfaces are automatically extended during programming to improve the edges of the machined surfaces. The result is greatly simplified programming, since these adjustments are made within the CAM strategy, without switching to the CAD environment.

Open Mind has also further improved the feature and macro technology in the latest version to enable more secure and easy programming for users. One function that is generally useful for everyday work is the definition of macros for recurring geometries. Open Mind has added full text searching to the macro database. Users can also define machine and material groups as defaults to make it easier to select macros. Hole-feature linking means that model changes made to CAD features are automatically transferred to hyperMILL. Since design changes in CAD are associatively linked with the CAM system, users can quickly and securely make updates.

Visitors to Southern Manufacturing will also be able to gather information on the latest special strategies from Open Mind’s hyperMILL MAXX Machining package and the high-performance turning module. Optimised pocketing technology ensures more efficient pocket machining with high-feed cutters. Here, an intelligent algorithm fits the largest possible pocket into the area to be roughed and automatically generates linear toolpaths for high-feed milling. Novel applications for conical barrel cutters will be a central theme of Open Mind’s show.

An interesting newly-developed function is available for users who use hyperCAD for very large parts. The function enables the workpiece mass and centre of mass to be calculated with material definition for solid, mesh and stock models.

Another highlight of the CAD portion of the suite is the ‘Undercut’ function, which makes it possible to detect undercut areas on components quickly and reliably. Moreover, the new ‘local curvature’ analysis function makes it possible to detect curvature radii on components.