Software Allows Fast Programming of T-Slots


hyperMILL 2017.2, the latest release of the hyperMILL CAM suite, has been further enhanced to provide 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 examples of hyperMILL 2017.2.


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


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 step-overs, 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 step-over parameter.


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.


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.


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.



  • CAM strategies that are easy to operate
  • Comprehensive range of machining operations for simple to complex components
  • The world’s leading 5-axis technology
  • One postprocessor for all milling and turning operations
  • Extensive automation
  • Integration in leading CAD systems
  • Reliable processes thanks to true-to-detail simulation and comprehensive collision control
  • State-of-the-art CAD/CAM technologies for optimal programming and manufacturing
  • Continuous and efficient processes, reduced processing times and extremely high level of reliability
  • Gets the most out of machine tools.
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