OPEN MIND Technologies Announces Additive Manufacturing Capability
Open Mind Technologies AG announces it offers an additive manufacturing capability option in hyperMill CAM software to support 3D printing/ additive processes.
Open Mind Technologies AG announces it offers an additive manufacturing (AM) capability option in hyperMill CAM software to support 3D printing/ additive processes. hyperMill together with AM also provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on one machine.
For highly complex five-axis simultaneous processing, hyperMill AM enables an array of flexible options for directed energy deposition processes (DED) and wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM). Both laser-based powder nozzle machining heads and WAAM can be controlled using hyperMill AM for selective material deposition, as well as conveniently programmed and automatically simulated for collision avoidance.
Alan Levine, managing director of Open Mind Technologies USA, Inc. says, "As an early adopter of driving forward the implementation of integrated process chains, Open Mind has optimized hyperMill additive manufacturing technology to boost the efficiency, precision and process reliability of additive and hybrid manufacturing."
Using powder bed fusion (PBF) and any necessary rework, hyperMill supports the full potential of additive manufacturing. "If 3D-printed parts do not have the desired surface finish, or has support structures that have to be removed, the parts, including hard-to-reach areas, can be machined after being printed using 5-axis cutting processes," Levine says.
hyperMill now enables users to perfectly program the cladding and milling together. True-to-detail additive and subtractive simulation as well as stock tracking between the individual process steps guarantee the greatest possible reliability.
Key additive applications include repair of damaged components, cladding of additional surface skins, or creation of new components from a substrate. This also creates totally new options for combining different materials, such as when high-quality material layers have to be applied to carrier materials.
Knowledge of both technologies is important for the selection of the right tool for the job.
In the short term, indirect methods of RT will continue to flourish because these methods are the most developed. In the long term, however, companies will lean toward direct methods of tooling.
Examining the level of acceptance and use of additive fabrication technology in the development of injection molded components.