OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, reported that its customer Concept Reality Inc. (Vancouver, WA U.S.A.) is increasing productivity and improving part accuracy using the hyperMILL® MAXX Machining finishing module for aerospace part manufacture.

hyperMILL® CAM software from OPEN MIND enables revolutionary 5-axis strategies for fast, easy-to-use programming, resulting in reduced cycle times and high quality surface finishes. The integrated hyperMILL® MAXX Machining finishing module, a performance package of the hyperMILL®CAM software suite, is the CAM programming source enabling the use of conical barrel cutter technology to reduce cycle times over 90%. It is ideal for planar, ruled and curved surfaces often found in complex 5-axis components. hyperMILL® MAXX Machining offers three powerful modules for finishing, roughing and drilling.

On a recent aerospace project, the hyperMILL®MAXX Machining finishing process allowed us to increase our step down between tool paths by 12x when compared with traditional machining methods using ball nose cutting tools. This saved us 5 hours per part in finishing operations while reducing cusp height,” said Mr. Chris Nunn, President of Concept Reality Inc. “We were able to deliver a higher quality part in less time ‒ a great benefit to our customer.”


A conical barrel cutter features a very large radius ‒ ranging from 250 mm to 1,500 mm. The large radius of the conical barrel cutter makes step-over distances of 6 mm and 8 mm a reality. It does not require switching cutters in order to finish adjacent areas such as rounded interior corners, and hard-to-reach areas can be machined in a highly efficient, secure manner. In addition to superb surface quality, the hyperMILL®MAXX Machining finishing process enables short production times, increased tool life, the use of fewer tools and it offers the highest degree of process reliability.