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High-precision milling and turning in focus

Posted on 12 Sep 2019 and read 1243 times
High-precision milling and turning in focus High-precision milling and high-performance turning are two of the topics that Oxfordshire-based Open Mind Technologies (www.openmind-tech.com) will focus on at EMO (Hall 9, Stand C4).

The CAD/CAM specialist will have live demonstrations showcasing efficient machining processes resulting in parts with mirror-smooth surface finishes.

The special plunge strategies of the cutting tool into the material and the fluent machine movements are the secret to high-performance turning.

Highlights include the high-performance HyperMILL MAXX machining package and the NC code-based HyperMILL VIRTUAL machining simulation solution.

Live demos will show the practical implementation of intelligent CAM machining strategies and demonstrate process improvements that extend beyond the individual machine.

Open Mind will present this through Connected Machining, which allows HyperMILL to be networked and synchronised directly with the machine, enabling the best-possible exchange of information between the generation and execution of programs. HyperMILL Connected Machining is a module from the HyperMILL Virtual Machining package.

The unique feature of the real-time simulations enabled by this module is that they are based on the NC code after the post-processor run.

This ensures that the virtual machine movements correspond exactly to the actual machine movements. Another module within the package is the HyperMILL Virtual Machining Optimizer.

This feature always finds the best collision-free tool position automatically during the post-processor run by analysing entire machining sequences.

Open Mind will also provide information about further special strategies from its high-performance HyperMILL MAXX Machining package, in addition to showcasing high-performance turning with round inserts.

Perfect pocketing technology ensures more-efficient pocket machining with high-feed cutters.

An intelligent algorithm fits the largest-possible pocket into the area to be roughed and automatically generates linear tool-paths for high-feed milling.

Innovative applications for conical-barrel cutters will be a central theme of the show once again. For example, the ‘five-axis Prismatic Fillet Finishing’ strategy has been added this year.

Multi-surface five-axis machining with conical-barrel cutters makes it possible to produce entire surface formations in a single job. The tool-paths are generated automatically in full, using a surface selection.