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Open Mind Technologies has presented a number of new functions for Hypermill 2011, a CAM system based on automated programming and designed to help end users gain simple and time-saving workflows.

New functions include five-axis cycles, shape-offset roughing and finishing, which are claimed to provide the basis for more efficient machining of complex surfaces.

Users can save predefined rules and conditions for every stage of the machining process, leaving Hypermill to automatically assign and adjust the job steps to the corresponding geometry, based on these rules and depending on geometry information such as diameter, depth and open or closed pockets.

The integrated Hypermaxx roughing strategy is intended to provide optimal milling paths, maximum material removal and minimised machining times, through calculating ideally distributed milling paths and dynamically adjusting the feed rate to existing cutting conditions.

New features

  • Application programming interfaces (APIs) can create applications to control the generation of complete NC programs
  • Predefined rules and conditions can be saved for every stage of the process
  • Shape offset roughing and finishing function helps with five-axis machining of surfaces with a uniform offset
  • Simple programming avoids the formation of ‘steps’ that would be common with Z-level roughing approaches
  • Five-axis swarf cutting results in better surface quality
  • Contour milling features allow for better control when using large tools

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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