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To make program generation easy as possible, Open Mind has developed Hypermill, a CAM system that exploits the performance range of each machine tool and considers kinematic particularities.

Hypermill offers a uniform interface concept, from turning to 2D and 3D machining through to five-axis simultaneous machining.

Open Mind claims this is important because there are few workpieces that require only one type of machining – meaning that a broad spectrum of strategies grants the user flexibility and the company can program many parts with one piece of software.

Compared to three-axis milling, the tool reference point and the movements of the machine’s linear axes are different during five-axis simultaneous machining, as movements of the rotary and tilting axes result in ‘compensation movements’ in the linear axes.

During five-axis machining, the focus is on cost-effective milling.

This can be achieved if a job requires as little movement as possible.

For example, one test showed that a changed setup position reduced machining time by one third.

Reducing movements of the machine axes to the necessary degree also reduces machine loads.

Successful five-axis simultaneous machining requires experience.

This applies to the selection of the right machine and the right tool orientation, as well as collision avoidance.

According to Open Mind, the time invested in learning and understanding the secrets of successful five-axis simultaneous machining translates into cash later.

Automatic indexing Hypermill software enables users to control both rotation axes independently of one another.

It is therefore possible to use only one of the two rotation axes to achieve continuous, collision-free machining.

This is advantageous because both rotation axes are typically different in terms of technical capabilities and precision.

In Hypermill, the tool angle is calculated so the tool orientation within a milling area on the surface is not changed.

Open Mind Technologies

OPEN MIND Technologies AG is a leading developer of CAD/CAM software and postprocessors for designing and manufacturing complex moulds and parts. OPEN MIND offers an extensive range of products, from 2D feature-oriented solutions for milling standard parts through to software for 5axis simultaneous machining. With their hyperMILL software, which is used in the automotive, tool and mould manufacturing, mechanical engineering and aerospace industries, OPEN MIND Technologies AG is represented in all the important markets in Asia, Europe and North America.  

OPEN MIND’s solutions feature a user-friendly interface and the largest range of 2D, 3D and 5axis modules available to users. In addition, the company delivers a fully integrated product concept encompassing CAD solutions, plug-ins, interfaces and postprocessors that cover the entire manufacturing process from design to manufacture. We take our innovative ideas, long-time CAD experience and milling expertise and create technologically sound CAM strategies. OPEN MIND has made a name for itself internationally as a pioneer in innovative 5axis technologies. What makes OPEN MIND and its products special is the unique blend of computing and production expertise, experience and vision, and international character and individual service. This combination of qualities results in a constant stream of new ideas that help companies optimise their production processes.  

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