Version 2017.1 of Open Mind’s hyperMill CAM software includes enhancements to the Maxx Machining finishing module, allowing combined semi-finish and finish passes, and also providing more control over the contact point location on conical barrel cutters.
This version also provides a new adaptive pocketing routine as an extension to the Optimized Roughing cycle. With this option, the software identifies embedded circles or rectangles within general pocket shapes. These regions then are optimally machined, and remaining regions are treated as automatic rest areas. According to the company, toolpath motion is improved, machining cycle times are reduced, and impact on the machine tool is lessened.
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