What’s new in 2014?

20 years OPEN MIND – that is 20 years of innovation and customer orientation.

The latest version of hyperMILL® demonstrates this once again: with basic functions that are even more powerful. With NC programming that has become much easier and safer. With extended feature technology that automates programming tasks more efficiently. hyperMILL® 2014 means technology leadership with real added value!

hyperMILL® ShopViewer*: Review CAM/CAD data prior to production

Until now, for setup preparation only the NC programs were available to machine operators. With the new hyperMILL® ShopViewer, the visualization solution for the workshop, the hyperCAD®-S and hyperMILL® data can be visualised directly next to the machine. Now every manufacturing operation can be checked in detail on the monitor even before the setup begins.

The clearly structured world of CAM programming has a far better connection to the workshop with the hyperMILL® ShopViewer. In this way, the machine operators with their vast knowledge about production practices can independently view and simulate CAM/CAD processes. This allows a far better understanding of the actual manufacturing process than before.

Benefit: Improves communication between departments. Feedback is improved. Safety is significantly increased.

* NOTE: The ShopViewer is currently available for hyperCAD®-S.

View manager for hyperMILL® browser


The hyperMILL® browser now has a view manager to control/move the browser window (for sample frame, job list, etc.). The windows can be detached from the browser tabs and individually arranged or hidden and displayed via the context menu. The window elements can be simply moved between the hyperMILL® browser windows via drag and drop.

Benefit: Individual arranging of browser windows (even on second monitors).

New tool types

2.Werkzeugtypen_cikkThe following new types of tools can be used in hyperMILL®:

  • Reamer
  • Lens cutter
  • Measuring probe (only applies for the cycle 3D point measuring).
  • Barrel cutters in diverse design forms:
    General barrel cutter, Tapered barrel cutter, Tangential barrel cutter

Benefit: More flexibility. Better mapping of existing tools.

3D point measuring


The in-process quality control on the CNC machine tool is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, with the new 3D point measuring cycle any 3D points can be easily defined on component surfaces that are to be measured later with a probe. The cycle ensures that an NC program is generated with controlspecific subroutine calls for measuring. In addition, all movements are checked for collisions. By starting the NC measuring program, the machine records the measurement results that can be evaluated later with a separate program.
Note: The 3D point measuring cycle requires an adapted postprocessor.
Benefit: Accelerated quality assurance process to detect the surface accuracy of the machined surface.

Automatic 3D rest machining

5.3D_Restmaterial_cikk6.3D_rest_machining_UI_orig_en_cikkThis improvement allows the automatic detection of rest material areas where additional roughing is necessary. Additional roughing passes are then calculated for these areas.
Through the clip function, only the collision-free areas are considered on the machining model. Any existing collision-prone areas are always clearly indicated and can be processed in a further machining job using a different tool, a different strategy or a different tool orientation.
Benefit: Reliable, flexible and optimised milling path calculation. Lower machine run time.

New features in the 5axis rework

7.5X_Rework_cikkWhen converting from 3axis toolpaths to 5axis toolpaths, different types of tool types – barrel and woodruff cutters can be used. With new strategies, the tool can be adjusted to the machining model. For this purpose, axial or lateral projections can be selected. For the conversion of the reference data for the new machining tool, the original and the new technology data is always available.
Benefit: Can be used for all supported tool types and in all operations. Undercut machining is possible. More options when projecting reference toolpaths.

Feature for automatic single-blade milling

8.Blade_Point_Milling_cikkThe user interface of the ‘single blade’ application has been improved and simplified. The proven method for the selection of the geometry and to automate the machining of impellers and blisks is now also available for the machining of blades. In hyperMILL® 2014, the geometry selection is carried out centrally via a specially designed feature.

Thanks to the full feature support for the turbine blade cycles, new possibilities open up for the automation of the CAM process: Improved user guidance in defining the machining strategy in the platform machining cycle allows targeted machining of hub or shroud surfaces through simple switching in the user interface. These are available at all times without re-selection thanks to the central management of all geometry data in one feature. The blade point milling cycle has been extended by the ‘complete machining’ function that offers an easy way of finishing the entire blade surface by means of a ball mill.

The new option ‘optimised tolerances’ calculates toolpaths with greater accuracy. This ensures increased accuracy without the need to generate an excessive number of points, as would be the case with a simple reduction of the machining tolerance. This results in smoother running of the machine and consequently, improved surface quality.

Benefit: Faster and more user-friendly. Improved surface quality.

Drilling in work planes

9.Bohren_cikkWith this extension of the 5axis drilling, extremely efficient drilling on highly dynamic and non-highly dynamic 5axis machines is possible. The new drilling mode allows the definition of the direction of drilling using workplanes. For different workplanes, relative clearance planes are used according to user specifications and global clearance planes are no longer used.

The retraction movements are always calculated so that a safe move in the Z-direction is possible. Infeed movements in XY direction are performed on a relative clearance plane, automatically calculated for each frame. All holes of a clearance plane form a work step. The work steps can then be processed either in an entire NC program or in several individual NC programs.

Benefit: Easier. Safer. Can be used for all machines.

hyperCAD®-S module ‘Deformation’: Targeted deforming of geometries

10.Deformation_1_cikkTargeted deformation of geometries is an important requirement that designers and CAM programmers pose to CAD systems. Designers want to deform geometries, to produce variants and complex geometries very quickly. Experienced CAM programmers change geometries in order to accommodate for tool or part deflections and increase the precision of the actual part.

11.Deformation_2_cikkIn hyperCAD®-S, the user has the possibility to deform all geometries according to his concepts with the new ‘deformation’ module. Through this powerful modification tool, global and local component areas can be altered in a way which would be very costly with traditional modelling techniques.

Benefit: More flexibility and greater time savings.

Source openmind-tech.com