hyperMILL – CAM PROGRAMMING USING MACROS

The second of the two topics on our hyperMILL webinar are “macros”, which simplify the day-to-day tasks of CAM programmers. Manufacturing knowledge can be standardized and automatically applied to machining features. Let hyperMILL do the simpler tasks for you, so you can focus on more complex tasks at the same time.

HOW CAN MACROS HELP CAM PROGRAMMERS?

A macro stores a sequence of machining steps that contains all the tool and technology data of a characteristic geometry – the recognized features. Macros, therefore, permit CAM programming with just a few clicks of the mouse, greatly reducing the programming effort.

For example, a macro can be created for drilling operations that include a sequence of machining jobs such as centering, drilling, and countersinking. This can then be used to program a wide variety of hole types with a single click.

hyperMILL CAM macros

Application of stored job steps accelerates programming.

AUTOMATION OF CAM PROGRAMMING WITH MACROS

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.

INTELLIGENT MACROS

Macros provided in the hyperMILL  OPEN MIND Technologies software can do so much more. Rules and conditions can be defined for each machining step. Machining steps can be automatically assigned and adjusted based on geometry information such as diameter, depth, open or closed pockets, or on the basis of defined rules. A simple “if-then” rule triggers the relevant part of the macro. The result is a flexible macro that can be applied to a variety of different editing features.

FEATURE TECHNOLOGY AND MACROS

  • SAVING OF MACHINING STEPS IN A MACRO

  • AUTOMATIC ADAPTATION OF THE MACHINING STEPS TO THE RESPECTIVE THROUGH PREDEFINED RULES

  • EXTENSIVE DEFINITION AND CONTROL OPTIONS FOR MACHINING INFORMATION

  • AUTOMATIC CREATION OF CAM MACHINING JOBS IN THE JOB LIST

COMBINED FEATURE AND MACRO TECHNOLOGY

Feature and macro technology in hyperMILL enable precise programming in a very short period of time. You can also see this in the video below, as all the holes are identified and programmed with just a few clicks.

hyperMILL WEBINAR

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

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