CAD/CAM Software accelerates tool and mold making.
December 19, 2013 -
Part of hyperMILL® 2013.2, hyperCAD®-S includes series of interfaces for import of 2D entities, 3D meshes, and dimensions as vector graphics. Program can analyze stored parts as well as recognize and remove double entities. Through inversion, user can isolate certain entities by selecting, inverting, and rendering invisible other surrounding entities. With hyperMILL® 2013.2, users can generate constant fillet faces between 2 faces or tangential chains that are trimmed and extended automatically.
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OPEN MIND Technologies USA Inc.
70 Walnut Street
Wellesley Hills, MA, 02481
More Performance for hyperCAD®-S
Wessling, Germany — OPEN MIND presents hyperMILL® 2013.2. The new advanced CAM software has been vastly improved, primarily in its CAD component, hyperCAD®-S, which facilitates and speeds up the user’s work – also with respect to tool and mould making.
In hyperCAD®-S, OPEN MIND has developed its own CAD system that is ideally matched to the CAM system hyperMILL®. This CAD solution is specifically designed to address the requirements of NC programmers. In Version 2013.2, hyperCAD®-S has been improved in a number of ways.
Importing and analysing parts
Tool and mould making, in particular, is always associated with geometries from a variety of sources. To import these reliably, hyperCAD®-S comes with a series of first-rate interfaces. They have now been enhanced for the import of 2D entities, 3D meshes and dimensions as vector graphics by adding a DXF/DWG interface. This allows for layers, colours, line types and workplanes to be imported, provided they were defined in the origin system.
If the parts are stored in hyperCAD®-S, they can be analysed thoroughly. Extensive functions are available to do this as well. A new feature is the recognition of double entities. Regardless of whether this involves curves or faces, also within solids, as soon as they occur twice, they will be recognised and displayed. First, the component is displayed as transparent; the double parts found are then highlighted in the selection colour. This provides a quick overview: “The advantage of this new function is the reliable removal of double entities already in the CAD part of the system, which saves a lot of time during CAM programming,” explains Wolfgang Weiss, product manager for hyperCAD®-S at OPEN MIND.
It is also helpful to now have the option to reverse a current selection. Through the inversion, the user can quickly isolate certain entities by, for example, selecting, inverting and rendering invisible other surrounding entities. What remains are the entities of interest. “It’s a very important command, which makes the work substantially easier,” says Weiss.
The analysis phase features the ‘Info Two entities’ command. When applied, the maximum distance between two entities selected is now also shown.
CAM users too must be able to make constructive changes to imported parts to some degree so as to prepare them optimally for NC machining. This often also includes the filleting of faces. Using hyperMILL® 2013.2, it is now possible to generate constant fillet faces between two faces or tangential chains that are trimmed and extended automatically.
Advanced edge curve recognition has also been added. This is a fully integrated function that substantially facilitates the user’s work. The new command creates the topology of the faces, ‘sews’ them together and generates a clean edge boundary.
The command ‘Integration of texts’ is used to generate text along CAD entities such as lines, arcs and sectors. The text then appears on the part as engraving.
In order to access commands quickly at all times, there is now a list of the most recently used commands, which can be clicked on quickly from the workplane. The list comprises ten commands by default, but can be extended in any manner needed. It is the user who decides what is useful.
Finally, OPEN MIND has developed a new data format for hyperCAD®-S, ‘hyperMILL® CAD Template’ (hmct). This allows users to create, save and re-use templates in a meaningful manner.
About OPEN MIND Technologies AG
OPEN MIND Technologies AG is a leading developer of CAM/CAD software and postprocessors for designing and manufacturing complex moulds and parts. OPEN MIND is one of the five largest providers of CAM solutions according to the NC Market Analysis Report 2013 compiled by CIMdata, a market research company.
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, medical and aerospace, and watch and jewellery industries, OPEN MIND Technologies AG is represented in all the important markets in Asia, Europe and America.
OPEN MIND Technologies AG is a Mensch und Maschine company (www.mum.de).
Additional information is available upon request or from our website at www.openmind-tech.com.
OPEN MIND Technologies AG
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Phone: +49 8153 933-500
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