OPEN MIND Launches hyperMILL® 2017.2 CAM Software Featuring Unprecedented Speed, Versatility
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OPEN MIND Launches hyperMILL® 2017.2 CAM Software Featuring Unprecedented Speed, Versatility

New release includes a range of enhanced machining strategies, faster programming and a new module for electrode production. 

NEEDHAM, MA U.S.A. August 15, 2017 – OPEN MIND Technologies AG (, a leading developer of CAM software solutions worldwide, has introduced hyperMILL® 2017.2, the company’s newest release of the hyperMILL CAM suite. OPEN MIND has further enhanced hyperMILL, one of the industry’s most advanced, comprehensive CAM software, providing users a broad array of features designed to improve their manufacturing process with unmatched speed and flexibility. Improved machining strategies, 3D milling and programming aids such as T-slot recognition, and an entirely new module for the production of die-sinking electrodes are several major examples of hyperMILL 2017.2.

According to Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc., the new hyperMILL version continues to lead the industry in advancedfeatures and capabilities that manufacturers need to successfully compete. “With hyperMILL 2017.2, users can now program easier and faster than ever and will appreciate its convenient, time-saving aids, the  new powerful electrode module function and the enhancement to swarf milling in hyperMILL for SOLIDWORKS. The depth and reliability of the hyperMILL CAM program is second to none,” said Levine.    

hyperMILL 2017.2 highlights include the following:

3D Machining Strategies/ Feature Detection Updates

Using hyperMill 2017.2, fast detection and programming of T-slots is now possible. With just a few clicks, T-slots can be very efficiently produced. Two types of feature recognition are included:

T-slots, and pockets with bottom and T-slots.

 New 3D Roughing strategy with step optimization.

Another key feature of 2017.2 is 3D Optimized Roughing, a  machining enhancement for the roughing of rest material. In addition, to further optimize strategy for stepovers, an option calculates the optimal width in relation to the additional chip thickness and depth value, enabling the user to adjust machining

parameters to the condition of the tool. This is especially beneficial for tools with longer cutting lengths that can be precisely controlled using a maximum stepover parameter.

hyperCAD®-S Electrode

hyperCAD-S Electrode, a new design module for fast, easy programming of electrodes.


A special CAD program developed for the needs of CAM programmers, hyperCAD-S now features a highly innovative function for the fast design of electrodes. An automated process requiring only a few clicks ensures easy, optimal electrode design from the face of the component geometry to be eroded, and does not require the user to have any special design skills. Once the programmer has selected the faces on the workpiece, hyperCAD-S creates corresponding collision-free electrodes with the necessary surfaces, creating an electrode directly from the model, ensuring accuracy and integrity of the design. The seamless transfer in hyperMILL is based on geometry and technological data. The CAM system supports the user with its own dialog window and feature type during electrode programming. All of the important data is transferred directly from the hyperCAD-S module and into the feature information, simplifying programming and avoiding errors.

hyperCAD-S® Fixturing Enhancements

Further innovative functions in hyperCAD-S include the positioning of fixturing components, providing the ability to fixture and adjust to match whatever side of the part the user is making. For example, elements such as clamping jaws can be moved linearly or radially to the optimal positioning. 

An innovative new positioning function for convenient fixturing in hyperCAD-S.


5-Axis Swarf Milling With One Curve

Two new fast, easy to program user-friendly functions for hyperMILL for SOLIDWORKS have been added in 2017.2, allowing operators to have a perfect face and curve created automatically for swarf cutting based on selected geometries. With this unique utility, unavailable in SOLIDWORKS alone or any other CAM program, interior corners can be automatically filleted, ensuring optimal machining.

About OPEN MIND Technologies AG

Headquartered in Wessling, Germany, OPEN MIND is one of the world's leading developers of powerful CAM solutions for machine and controller-independent programming. The company develops optimized CAM solutions that include many innovative features unavailable elsewhere, to deliver significantly higher performance in both programming and machining. Strategies such as 2.5D, 3D, as well as 5-axis milling, mill/ turning, and machining operations like HSC and HPC, are efficiently designed into the hyperMILL® CAM system, providing maximum user benefit and compatibility with all the current CAD solutions and extensive programming automation. OPEN MIND strives to be the best, most innovative CAM/CAD developer in the world, and has earned the top five ranking in the CAM/CAD industry according to the 2016 NC Market Analysis Report by CIMdata. OPEN MIND CAM/CAD solutions meet and exceed the requirements of the most demanding industries such as automotive, tool and mold manufacturing, production machining, medical, job shops, energy and aerospace industries, and is represented in all key markets of Asia, Europe and the Americas. OPEN  Mind is a Mensch und Maschine Company.  For more information visit

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