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Ultrasonic Knife Cutting Strategy for Composites, Honeycomb Structures

OPEN MIND Technologies offers a precise, productive ultrasonic knife cutting strategy via its hyperMILL CAM software. "Ultrasonic knife cutting represents an ideal solution for the efficient cutting of advanced materials including honeycomb structures, composites and foams often found in aerospace, automotive and wind turbine applications," said a company spokesperson. "Using a single interface, users can benefit from the comprehensive programming capabilities of the hyperMILL CAD/CAM software suite ranging from 2.5D machining to 5-axis milling, as well as easily program ultrasonic cutting with oscillating cutting blades."

hyperMILL provides NC code simulation to reliably bring challenging 6-axis output to the machine. Using hyperMILL's VIRTUAL Machining Optimizer to control the orientation of the spindle, as the sixth axis, the cutting blade is aligned to the workpiece. The Optimizer keeps toolpaths within limits for demanding machining processes with limited rotation axes, such as a fork-head style milling machine (with the machine head having two rotary axes).

"Creating the required 6-axis NC programs for knife cutting applications, including five machine axes plus a programmable spindle orientation, has historically proven to be a challenge," said Alan Levine, Managing Director of OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc. "However, hyperMILL provides users with a productive, accurate, safe and smooth cutting solution that prevents hazardous rotations and retract movements."

For more information contact:

OPEN MIND Technologies USA, Inc.

1492 Highland Ave., Unit 3

Needham, MA 02492


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