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Progressive Technologies, a producer of systems for the F1, medical, oil and gas, fibre optics, defence, aerospace and electronics industries, has purchased a range of milling machines from Open Mind.

When the company’s first DMG machine arrived in June 2007, the firm simultaneously took delivery of the Hypermill CAM package from Open Mind.

Since 2007, the F1 subcontractor has acquired an additional four DMG five-axis machining centres that include a DMU80P, two DMU70evo linear machines and an additional DMU50evo.

All new machines have arrived with an additional seat of Open Mind’s Hypermill, taking the Hypermill count to five seats.

This has now been extended to seven seats, with the latest two seats arriving in December 2010.

Hypermill’s ‘Arbitrary Roughing Cycle’ operation will virtually complete most parts in three-axis, speeding up program generation and enabling the programmer to see a part take shape in one operation.

The roughing cycle also incorporates intelligent tool paths, enabling Progressive to create a geometry more quickly.

The benefit of this function at Progressive was noted when the company set up a series of six spool components on a vacuum table for processing.

All six parts had a complete cycle time of 6.5 hours when utilising the previous CAM package, however the intelligent tool paths with the reduction of ‘air cutting’ enabled the Newbury company to cut cycle times by almost 50 per cent to 3.5 hours.

The Open Mind package follows the ideal tool path, making sure there are no wasted cuts.

The in-programming functions in Hypermill improve programming times by at least 25 per cent when machining complex five-axis parts, according to Progressive.

Hypermill also incorporates a range of functions such as the ‘Tube’ and ‘Z-Level’ functions that simplify undercutting processes and inlet manifold machining.

The Hypermaxx optional roughing strategy for Hypermill creates ideally distributed milling paths and is based on technology that enables dynamic feed rate adjustment to existing cutting conditions.

This achieves the maximum possible feed rate and speed to decisively reduce machining times.

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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