OPEN MIND Technologies has announced an additive manufacturing option in hyperMILL CAM software to support 3D printing/additive processes. hyperMILL can now provide efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on one machine.
For complex 5-axis simultaneous processing, the software enables an array of flexible options for Directed Energy Deposition processes (DED) and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). Both laser-based powder nozzle machining heads and WAAM can be controlled using hyperMILL for selective material deposition, as well as programmed and automatically simulated for collision avoidance.
Using Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and any necessary rework, hyperMILL supports the full potential of additive manufacturing. For example, if 3D-printed parts require finishing work, they can be machined using 5-axis cutting processes.
hyperMILL now enables users to program the cladding and milling together. True-to-detail additive and subtractive simulation as well as stock tracking between the individual process steps guarantee the greatest possible reliability.
Key additive applications include repair of damaged components, cladding of additional surface skins, or creation of new components from a substrate. This also creates totally new options for combining different materials, such as when high-quality material layers have to be applied to carrier materials.