Open Mind adds AM to hyperMILL

The latest addition to hyperMILL CADCAM software from Open Mind is the Additive Manufacturing suite, which is designed to satisfy the requirements of industrial 3D printing processes. As a universal software solution, hyperMILL – together with this option – will provide efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on a single machine platform.

hyperMILL Additive Manufacturing opens up an array of flexible options for DED (directed energy deposition) and WAAM (wire arc additive manufacturing) processes in terms of five-axis simultaneous processing. Both laser-based powder nozzle machining heads and wire arc additive manufacturing can be controlled using the software for selective material deposition, as well as conveniently programmed and automatically simulated for collision avoidance.
Open Mind’s hyperMILL suite now allows the potential of additive manufacturing to be exploited using powder-bed fusion (PBF). If 3D-printed parts do not offer the desired precision, or support structures have to be removed, the components can be machined afterwards by means of five-axis machining. Even hard-to-reach areas can be machined in a secure manner using hyperMILL, says Open Mind. As an integral part of the process chain, the CADCAM system supports reworking of this nature. The printed components are analysed, milled to size and examined.
Additive and subtractive manufacturing processes are increasingly being combined in a single machine tool for hybrid manufacturing. With this in mind, hyperMILL now enables users to program the cladding and the milling routines together. True-to-detail application and removal simulation, as well as stock tracking between individual machining steps, assure process reliability.
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