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What’s new in hyperMILL 2016.1

hyperMILL 2016.1 with greater performance and many highlights.

From the hyperMILL MAXX Machining performance package for roughing, finishing and drilling with its ‘tangent plane machining’ highlight through to 3D rest material roughing and the Mesh functions in hyperCAD-S.


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What’s new in hyperMILL 2016.1







Interactive selection

Interactively position the Z coordinates for surface, depth and clearance plane in the CAD*. These planes can be resized to allow a better visualisation.

Benefit: User-friendly, greater safety.

*only for hyperCAD®-S

Safety level interactive

CAM – 3D strategies

3D-optimised rest material roughing

Following a rouging operation, the new cycle generates HSC-optimised toolpaths for rest material machining. Rest material areas are calculated extremely quickly based on the stock and the user-defined values for minimum stock removal. Rest material boundaries that have been generated can be reused for later machining.

  • New technology with extremely fast calculation times
  • Toolpaths with smooth connection paths for the best possible surface quality
  • Increased feedrates when leaving the stock ensure efficient machining
  • Toolpaths are generated collision-free – completely against the component and rapid link movements are generated against the conveyed stock

Benefit: Machine-friendly, tool-friendly, extremely short machining and calculation times.

3D optimized rest machining3D optimized rest machining detail

CAM – 5-axis strategies

3D/5-axis Z-level finishing

A new option allows the machining direction to be started from the bottom. This offers great advantages to tool and mould making. Toolpaths are checked for collisions at all times.
The tool geometry can be optimally utilised, particularly in 5-axis machining. However, this function is also available for 3D Z-level finishing.

Benefit: Improved surface quality, tool-friendly.

5 axis z level finishing

Tool database

Freely definable tool geometry

Unique und flexible: hyperMILL 2016.1 now offers a free tool definition that makes it easy to define special tools and complex shank geometries. This free tool geometry is used for calculation and simulation purposes.

The shape of the shaft can be defined freely or as parameters. Special shaft shapes or tool holders are completely mapped and checked for collisions.
The shape of the tool cutting edge can also be freely defined in the 5axis rework machining strategy. Exact position identification goes hand in hand with optimal inclination.

Benefit: Flexible tool definition, use of special tools.

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CAM mill turning

Tool database cutting ream management

Defining and managing mill turning cutting reams using the tool database is more convenient. The user can either choose a free definition or the orthogonal or computational middle point of the tool cutting edge. The user can define different cutting reams for a tool. This allows the tool to be used with different orientations. The cutting ream and reference point are supplied automatically by the hyperMILL® tool database.

Benefit: Visualisation of the cutting position, easier definition.

Cutting point setup

Macro and feature technology

Pocket recognition

This new function allows open and closed pockets to be machined very efficiently. Areas on different planes are recognised automatically. However, the areas can also be defined manually. Colour coding makes it easier to find areas in complex pockets.

Benefit: Simple and fast programming of complex pockets.

Macro Pocket recognition

hyperMILL MAXX Machining

HPC software for roughing, finishing and drilling

With its hyperMILL MAXX Machining HPC package, OPEN MIND has developed a high-performance solution for:

  • Roughing
  • Finishing
  • Drilling

Trochoidal toolpaths ensure extremely fast material removal. Innovative strategies for barrel cutters allow for finishing in record time. Milling tools tilted in cutting mode can also drill holes in materials that are difficult to machine both quickly and easily and without the need for any predrilling.

Animation HPC en

Tangent plane machining

‘Tangent plane machining’ is designed specifically to machine planes. This innovative milling strategy takes advantage of the tool shape in order to achieve perfect surfaces for plane machining. Intelligent automated functions ensure optimum tool orientation and fit so that hard-to-reach areas can also be machined efficiently. Compared to conventional methods, time savings of up to 90 per cent can be achieved when a conical barrel cutter is used.

hyperMILL Maxx Machining plane machining

CAD integration: hyperCAD-S

Mesh – Preparing meshes quickly for milling

Forged and cast parts, clay models and moulds: 3D surface scanners have a wide range of uses. The high-resolution and precise set of scanned data – a so-called mesh – is mostly combined with a large quantity of data.
hyperCAD-S Mesh allows the CAM programmer to very quickly generate a perfect basis for milling. The CAM programmer can repair any possible mesh deviations, perform metrological analyses and checks and prepare meshes conveniently for milling.

hyperCAD S Mesh

hyperCAD-S Mesh features six new functions for machining meshes.

Smooth meshes. This function repairs deviations.

hyperCAD S Mesh smooth

Decimate meshes. This function reduces the mesh density while retaining the geometry properties. The reduced data volume helps to accelerate the calculation of models.

hyperCAD S Mesh reduced

Fill mesh areas. This function closes holes in meshes in a simple and convenient way.

hyperCAD S Mesh fill

Separate mesh clusters. This function deletes meshes that are not connected.

Mesh from faces. A mesh can be generated from faces, open and closed solids.

Split meshes. Mesh elements can be split using a planar entity. All the cut triangles are regenerated to ensure that a smooth cut is achieved.


Viewer for CAD data, Viewer for CAM data: more transparency, fewer errors

hyperCAD-S Viewer: for viewing CAD files

hyperCAD-S Viewer is ideal for departments, such as job planning or quote calculation, that simply want to take a brief look at their CAD data. The software features an extensive package of CAD interfaces: hyperCAD files, IGES, STEP, DXF/DWG, point cloud, Parasolid and optional Catia V4 and V5, Autodesk Inventor, Siemens NX, SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo.

hyperCAD S Viewer

hyperMILL SHOP Viewer: for viewing CAM data from hyperMILL

In addition to CAD data, hyperMILL SHOP Viewer also allows the user to view CAM data from hyperMILL. Data that is relevant to production can be visualised and simulated directly next to the machine. Detailed information on hyperMILL jobs and on the geometry and component structure is immediately and consistently available to all parties. This improves communication in the manufacturing process. ‘Pack&Go’ is a new function in hyperMILL SHOP Viewer: It allows configuration files such as the machine model, postprocessor and POF files to be integrated into the project file. This ensures that the files can be easily opened on all hyperMILL workstations.

hyperMILL SHOP Viewer

Shape contours

The shape contours of a face or component can be created quickly and easily with this new function. Contours for CAM machining can be created more quickly in face, solid and mesh models.

Benefit: More user-friendly, fast preparation of contours.

hyperCAD S shape contour

New sketcher

The new sketcher allows design sketches to be conveniently created. The lengths and positions of lines, for example, can be entered in mini dialog boxes precisely by value. Common dependencies such as vertical, horizontal and tangential are displayed interactively during construction. These sketcher functions can also be applied to existing curves, faces and boundaries.

Benefit: User-friendly, fast design.

hyperCAD S sketch overview

Swarf cutting faces

Perfect faces can be created easily and quickly for swarf cutting, based on existing geometries. ‘Interior corners’ are filleted automatically. This ensures optimal milling.

Benefit: More user-friendly.

hyperCAD S perimeter milling surfaces