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At Mach 2012, Open Mind Technologies will launch Counter Offset Roughing and Finishing, a feature of its Hypermill CAM package that is designed to save time when creating CAM programs for parts with curved hub surfaces.

According to the company, which will be found on Stand 4014, around 90 per cent of all CAM strategies are traditionally based on the assumption of two main orientations: the tool axis (Z axis) and the standard axis perpendicular to it, which suits flat surfaces.

Many parts, however, such as aero engine or pump housings, tend to be curved rather than flat and machining these parts with five-axis machining would typically require multiple jobs or program steps.

Open Mind’s new machining strategy in Hypermill simply turns the curved surface into the standard surface, allowing the tool to work at any point at an angle of 90°.

Key benefits

  • NC program can be created quickly and easily
  • It is suitable for the types of cavities frequently found in mould and tool engineering
  • Tool adjusts itself perpendicularly to the hub surface, minimising undercuts
  • All types of cutting tool can be used
  • Tool angle is calculated for machining either from hub surfaces of the model or an externally designed guide surface
  • Program can be combined with Hypermaxx, Open Mind’s machining strategy for roughing

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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