OPEN MIND presents hyperCAD-S Electrode Die-sinking electrodes made fast and easy

Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

CAM manufacturer OPEN MIND Technologies AG is presenting hyperCAD-S Electrode, an innovative module for automating the design and production of electrodes for die-sinking.

hyperCAD-S Electrode: A new module for quickly designing electrodes
hyperCAD-S Electrode: A new module for quickly designing electrodes
(Source: OPEN MIND)

hyperCAD-S is an integrated CAD software for hyperMILL users that is specifically tailored to the requirements of CAM programmers. The most notable addition to Version 2017.2 is a module that provides quick designing of die-sinking electrodes. Thanks to the module’s convenient and automated process, users can simply base their electrodes on the face to be die-sunk within the component geometry – no specialist expertise is required.

Target geometry as a basis

The starting point is given by the faces to be die-sunk within the component geometry. The NC programmer selects these, and the CAD software automatically extends the electrode faces as needed, as well as selecting the blank and holder from a library. The module is suitable for both solid and face models, and the geometry can be selected via faces as well as contours. Any holes in the geometry are filled automatically, and hyperCAD-S also calculates the minimal rib distance, the blank’s excess and the C angle offset. All the technology data, such as spark gap, blank size, positional reference and colour areas, is automatically transferred to hyperMILL.


Seamless transfer to the CAM system

The electrodes designed in hyperCAD-S are then directly transferred to the CAM system for further processing. The user simply selects the electrode in question and commences programming. A separate dialog window is available for this, where the milling job for the electrode is specified. Once all the details are entered, hyperMILL automatically generates a job list containing all the relevant parameters.