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CNC programming - bringing the machines to life

Posted by Axis Precision Engineering Ltd. on 17/06/16 08:07
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Obviously, CNC programming is a critical element of precision engineering in the 21st century. At Axis PEC Ltd. quality is a passion, so along with our top of the range DMG 5 axis machines we selected the best CNC software to compliment our hardware!

So because CNC programming really matters, the right software matters too and, at Axis PEC, that means Open Mind hypermill. The hypermill CAM software allows us to push our CNC machining services to the limit. It's one thing to have the capacity and another to have the experience but, without the best software, the programming simply cannot happen to the level required. We're dedicated to squeezing every last drop of machining capability from those DMGs!

Hypermill - CNC programming for continuous, efficient processes

The software offers: 
  • a host of automated functions - like transformation and mirroring - to save time
  • minimised auxiliary processing time with job linking and production mode
  • automatic indexing for 5 axis machining saving time as well as machine wear and tear
  • advanced 5 axis machining strategies for both cavity and surface applications
  • automated collision checking and avoidance for the highest possible process reliability
Combined with the machines themselves this equates to extremely efficient methods of manufacture that make it possible for Axis, the company, to take on precision engineering jobs that other workshops cannot manage. For the customer it means that your projects are finished on time, to the quality required.

Taking collisions out of the equation

With Hypermill, collision checking, detection and avoidance is easy as well as very clever. There are a number of strategies that can be applied but so much happens automatically, reducing the programming time and ensuring the manufacture of components is more efficient. To our customers this means we can offer a realistic price and produce quality products.

CNC_Programming_seat_belt_bezels.jpgThe software automatically calculates a collision-free tool angle for simultaneous 5 axis machining, which is all that is required most of the time. However, if there are collisions, 3D and/or tilted machining is cancelled, the toolpaths with collisions are omitted and milling can continue using longer tool lengths and/or modified tool angles. Clever!

Further, as standard, the software allows us to work from model rather than drawings, reducing errors in a stroke.

Combined, the software and the DMG 5 Axis machines means we can offer customers the quality many other workshops simply cannot. By pushing our machines to the limit of their capability we can do the jobs that others have to turn down.

The hidden complexity of aircraft seat belt bezels... 

The CNC programming capability that the Hypermill software allows us means we're able to easily manufacture the seat belt bezels in the video below. Although it may not appear complicated, there's more to that bezel than meets the eye!

It's difficult to see clearly, but it is a complex component bereft of flat, square surfaces. The faces have draft angles while the back plate is angled and drafted. The Hypermill software married angled, drafted and blended surfaces so the machines could manufacture such a quality finished component.

Other projects require more obviously complicated components, such as the Motorsport project case study you can download. This job required the programmer to utilise special Hypermill software features to program tube milling cycles to cut the deep pockets required.

reinventing the wheel - precision engineering case study

 The software used to run your 5 axis machines is of critical importance and one of the nine things you should be looking for in a new supplier. 

If you're having a bad time with a current supplier you can use our four minute quiz, which will help you rationalise whether it's time to move on to a new, more reliable supplier. 

And, here's three, or four, reasons why you should choose Axis, to fill the gap!

Topics: precision engineering