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What’s new in hyperMILL 2018.1

hyperMILL 2018.1 offers a number of new functions for more efficient programming and manufacturing.

hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining is the new NC code-based simulation solution. 3X simultaneous Turning opens up new possibilities for turning.


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What's new in hyperMILL 2018.1?





General | Project assistant

Project assistant UI

The new Project Assistant allows users to define all the settings necessary for a joblist more quickly. Intuitive user guidance and automated functions make it easier to create a joblist.

Benefit: Simple and fast joblist creation.


Smooth overlap

3D smooth overlap

The new ‘Smooth overlap’ function optimizes the surface quality in transition areas during slope-dependent machining. Slope boundaries are more precise, and perfect surface blends are achieved at slope boundaries or rest machining boundaries are improved by lifting the tool slightly.

This function is supported in the following strategies:

  • 3D Profile Finishing
  • 3D Z Level Finishing
  • 3D Complete Finishing
  • 3D Z Level Shape Finishing
  • 3D Automatic Rest Machining
  • 5X Rest Machining

Benefit: Improved surface quality.


3D Optimized Roughing

3D optimized roughing HSC

Two new functions are available for adaptive pocket machining:

  • With the ‘High feed machining’ option, the lateral infeed can be automatically calculated by defining a scallop height. Special movements have been implemented to avoid rest material in corners when there is a very high lateral infeed.
  • Intelligent cut distribution and optimized toolpaths provide greater process safety for remaining rest material.

Benefit: High degree of user-friendliness when using high feed machining with high feed cutter.


3-axis simultaneous Turning

3 axis simultaneous turning

Two new strategies for simultaneous machining* enable even more efficient mill turning. Complex workpiece geometries can be machined in a single job step by simultaneously adapting the approach angle during the turning operation. Here, synchronization lines can be used to set the movement sequence of the pivoting axis. The simultaneous movement of the third axis is calculated automatically between two synchronization lines.

Roughing: The innovative approach, which involves using a simultaneous pivoting axis during rouging, offers the user many benefits. The varying tool orientation ensures that the insert is optimally utilized and also helps to extend the tool life.

Finishing: The simultaneous movement of the pivoting axis allows complex contours to be finished in a single job step. This means tool changes and mismatches can be avoided due to a limitation of the accessibility and visible edges.

Benefit: Improved surfaces, fewer tool changes and extended tool life.

*Note: The 3-axis simultaneous Turning requires an adapted postprocessor.


Highly efficient turning: Turning has never been faster!

Rollfeed turning strategy

Thanks to the innovative rollFEED cutting inserts from Vandurit for lathes and the perfectly adapted hyperMILL rollFEED Turning strategy*, flawless workpiece contours can be achieved in no time at all.

How the process works
This unique turning operation involves rolling the tool insert on a workpiece surface of any shape. The cutting movement is produced by a horizontal swivelling of the pivoting axis with simultaneous compensation for the X and Z axes.

Machining grooves with a single tool
When grooves are machined, the strategy automatically guides the tool from the first to the second plane level via the cylinder face. This way, grooves can be machined with high efficiency with a single tool in a single movement and thanks to the combination of roll and turn movements, even workpieces with large radii can be machined reliably.

*Note: hyperMILL rollFEED Turning requires an adapted postprocessor.


  • Highly efficient process
  • Generates perfectly finished surfaces free of twists
  • Simple to program
  • Fewer tool changes
  • Undercuts can be integrated into rolling movement
  • Mill-turn machines with a pivoting axis only require the rollFEED holder and inserts.
  • Possible to upgrade existing machines with the rollFEED drive unit

hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining: Perfect fusion of the virtual and real worlds

Virtual Machining Center en

OPEN MIND has developed hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining* to evaluate, control and optimize machining processes more reliably. This highly efficient simulation solution consists of three modules: Center, Optimizer and CONNECTED Machining.

Increased safety in simulations
Actual machining situations, that is, the machine including controller and PLC, are mapped virtually and simulated based on the NC code in the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining Center. All processes are transparent to the user, and can be analyzed in detail. Real-world machine collisions that can cause costly machine damage, production downtime and thereby critical delays, are avoided.

More than just simulation
Powerful optimization algorithms ensure efficient multi-axis machining design. The hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining Optimizer automatically finds the best tilt angle, thereby ensuring seamless machining. In addition, hyperMILL CONNECTED Machining enables in-depth networking and synchronization with the machine.

Greater efficiency thanks to a new generation of postprocessors
Postprocessor technology* has also been significantly further developed with the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining simulation solution, and supplemented with many innovative functionalities. For instance, bidirectional linking is now possible between the NC program and the machining information from hyperMILL. By means of this connection the respective hyperMILL job can be assigned to the NC Code.

*Note: hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining requires a hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining postprocessor.