OPEN MIND hyperMILL ADDITIVE Manufacturing Aerospace turbine nozzle
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hyperMILL Brings Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Together at Formnext

OPEN MIND will be presenting the benefits of the hyperMILL CAD/CAM system for users of additive manufacturing processes at Formnext exhibition from November 7th to 10th, 2023. At booth 12.0 in hall A39 at Messe Frankfurt, examples of additive workpieces programmed with hyperMILL will be shown and the BEST FIT concept, an innovative technique for reducing the effort involved in post-processing will be explained.

hyperMILL ADDITIVE Manufacturing opens up the flexible possibilities of highly complex 5-axis simultaneous machining to the Direct Energy Deposition (DED) process and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process. NC codes can be conveniently programmed and automatically simulated for collision avoidance. As an end-to-end software solution, this enables efficient hybrid machining with additive and subtractive machining on one machine.

OPEN MIND hyperMILL ADDITIVE Manufacturing
Aerospace turbine nozzle manufactured with hyperMILL ADDITIVE Manufacturing

No 3D printing without finishing

Support structures and surfaces that can be seen to be built up layer by layer make a finish machining operation necessary for additively manufactured workpieces. Post-processing of printed parts requires the alignment of near-finished parts with low stock allowance in the machine tool unless using hybrid machines. With hyperMILL BEST FIT, OPEN MIND replaces time-consuming and error-prone manual alignment with an automated process. Instead of positioning additively generated parts for post-processing in the milling machine so that the zero point and axes match the NC code, BEST FIT adjusts the code to the real position of the workpiece in the machines’ workspace that is imported via measurement and simulation as a digital twin.

"With the hyperMILL BEST FIT function, we are offering an innovative answer to the challenge of part alignment for post-processing and thus achieving an unprecedented level of process reliability," explains Manfred Guggemos, Product Manager at OPEN MIND Technologies AG.