OPEN MIND - Highlights for CAM programmers

Wessling (Germany), Oct 10, 2014 – OPEN MIND Technologies AG has a special treat for all users to celebrate its 20th anniversary: a highly comprehensive expansion of the hyperMILL® CAM software.The expansion includes some remarkable highlights that make NC programming even more simple and secure.

hyperMILL® users have access to a broad range of machining strategies, from 2D and 3D strategies and solutions for high-speed cutting and high-performance cutting right through to 5axis machining and mill-turning. Special applications for impellers, blisks, turbine blades, tube machining and tires machining round out the product range.

The 2014 version of the CAM software, which was already extensive, is now even more advanced. It includes many unique functions.

More information for machine operators

The hyperMILL® ShopViewer delivers all information regarding the workpiece and CAM programs to the specialist operating the machine. This makes it possible to view and examine hyperCAD®-S data in more detail directly on or next to the machine. “The viewer typically allows the machine operator to view everything but not modify anything,” explains Konstantin Gambs, application engineer at OPEN MIND. The information delivered to the viewing workspace includes:

•           The 3D model with the option of measuring individual dimensions

•           The CAM program

•           3D clamping plans

•           Tool data

New tool types – More possibilities

hyperMILL® 2014 has introduced a range of new tool types, including reamers, lens cutters and barrel cutters in different versions, for example, general, tapered and tangential barrel cutters. Another new feature is the use of a measuring sensor for the 3D point measuring cycle.

Automatic 3D rest machining

This new feature allows the automatic detection of rest material areas where additional roughing is necessary. Additional roughing paths are then calculated for these areas. The results in an increase in process security and reduced machining times.

Improved 5axis rework machining

When converting from 3axis tool paths to 5axis tool paths, different tool types, such as barrel and woodruff cutters, can be used. There are also new strategies for adjusting the tool to the machining model. Axial and lateral projections can be selected for this purpose.

Drilling in work planes

This 5axis drilling extension ensures extremely efficient drilling. Users can now define the direction of drilling using workplanes. Relative clearance planes are now used for the different workplanes according to user specifications. Global clearance planes are no longer used. The retraction movements are always calculated in such a way that a safe move in the Z-direction is possible. The new function can be used for all machines.

Simplified turbine blade milling

The user interface for special turbine blade milling functions has been improved and simplified. The geometry selection method that was previously used for impellers and blisks is now also available for turbine blades. In hyperMILL® 2014, geometries are selected using a specially designed feature.

This feature support opens up new opportunities to automate the CAM process. Improved user guidance in defining the machining strategy in the platform machining cycle allows targeted machining of hub or shroud surfaces through simple switching in the user interface. The central management of all geometry data in one feature means that this data is available at all times without re-selection.

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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 2014 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 (

Additional information is available upon request or from our website at

OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc.
1492 Highland Avenue, Unit 3 
Needham MA 02492 
Phone: +1  339  225  4557 office 
Phone: +1  888  516 1232 x0 toll-free 
Fax: +1  270  912 5822 
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OPEN MIND Technologies UK Ltd., Oxford 
Units 1 and 2  
Bicester Business Park 
Telford Road 
Oxfordshire OX26 4LN 
Phone: +44  1869  290 003 
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OPEN MIND Technologies AG,
Argelsrieder Feld 5, 82234 Wessling,
Phone: +49 8153 933-500,
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Press contact: 
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Brigitte Basilio 
Grasserstrasse 1c 
80339 Munich,
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