CAM PROGRAMMING WITH FEATURES

The first of the two topics on our hyperMILL webinar are features. A “Feature” is a set of automatically used geometry and machining datasets taken from the CAD model. Features have the facility to greatly streamline and accelerate CAM programming.

FEATURES ENABLE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF AUTOMATION

Holes, pockets, and grooves are just a few common component elements that can be created as features.

If a component has many holes, it quickly becomes clear that selecting each hole manually is a time-consuming and error-prone process. Valuable working time is wasted by repeating the same process. Instead, features of hyperMILL from OPEN MIND Technologies allow CAM programmers to automate the process and spend on more complex programming tasks.

hyperMILL CAM Features

Geometry features are recognized automatically, saving the programmer valuable time.

The feature technology of hyperMILL makes it possible to read design properties of a component that are relevant for the machining job. Geometry features such as holes and pockets are recognized automatically, and information relevant to the machining task is applied autonomously.

WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENCES OF USING FEATURES IN hyperMILL?

“With its feature technology and associated process and macro databases, hyperMILL provides a solid basis for automating programming and significantly reducing the time spent reusing pre-existing programming know-how.”

Stefan Bauer, Head of Manufacturing at BAM GmbH

AUTOMATION MADE EASY

CAM programmers can freely configure the degree of automation. At the lowest level, feature technology assists programmers in identifying areas to be machined. The feature browser displays holes, pockets, and T-slots in a structured manner, which facilitates subsequent programming automation.

The detected features can be programmed either manually or fully automatically by using stored macros. hyperMILL Automation Center enables companies to implement comprehensive process automation quickly and reliably.

Hole features hyperMILL CAM

HOLE FEATURES

Generic holes as through or blind holes with all machining properties.

Pocket features hyperMILL CAM

POCKET FEATURES

Automatic pocket recognition, even for pockets without bottoms.

T-slot features hyperMILL CAM

T-SLOT FEATURES

Automatic recognition of T-slots with all relevant information.

Turbine blades features hyperMILL CAM

TURBINE BLADES FEATURES

Simple definition and use of turbine blade features for applying macros.

Impeller features

IMPELLER FEATURES

Simple definition and use of impeller features for applying macros.

Customized process features (CPF)

CUSTOMIZED PROCESS FEATURES (CPF)

3D surfaces as a feature definition can be controlled by a color.

MORE THAN JUST STANDARD FEATURES…

The Customized Process Feature (CPF) allows non-standard geometry elements to be combined into a single machining process. This means the system can automatically recognize free-form surfaces or complex geometries that users can then select for programming.

Feature-based machining can speed up and simplify CAM programming by applying automated selection processes. Data relevant to machinings such as machining depth, starting points, surfaces, and tolerances – can be used directly for programming. Further advantages of feature technology include improved component quality. The goal of hyperMILL is error reduction and comprehensive standardization, which ensures that users use proven procedures and resources.

hyperMILL WEBINAR

In case you would like to find out more details about the features, you could join us on the FREE hyperMILL webinar, which will take place on September 15th at 11 AM.

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