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Structural Aero & F1 Parts Are Optimised with hyperMILL and Chiron

Structural Aero & F1 Parts Are Optimised with hyperMILL and Chiron

Added to MTDCNC by OPEN MIND on 13 July 2015

Structural parts whether it be for the automotive, F1 or aerospace sectors can range from simple workpieces through to complex parts with thin and/or high walls, small corner radii and an increasing tendency towards undercuts.

To rapidly program and machine these difficult to process parts, OPEN MIND offers a wide selection of machining strategies that include everything from 2D to 5-axis simultaneous machining all within one user interface. hyperMILL is undoubtedly the industry leading solution for sectors that demand machining of complicated parts and above all, structural components.

When machining thin walled structural components, the roughing of any stock can be a difficult process. In the case of high and thin walls, the flat hub is machined in its entirety first, with the material to be roughed from the walls still remaining in place. Using hyperMILL, this is possible thanks to automatic plane level detection and the definition of horizontal stock allowances (optional).

For cutting complex contours, the contour milling strategy is used for machining complex contours by ensuring the definition of milling and stop surfaces; adjacent areas are not touched at all. This strategy is available as a 2D, 3D and 5-axis cycle.

By implementing these features on a Chiron 1250 machining centre with a material removal rate up to 600cm3/min, aluminium aerospace structural parts have seen programming times and cycle times slashed. Simultaneously, the surface finish has improved as the optimal tool path strategy has minimised vibration of the thin walled parts. Another benefit of instigating optimised tool path strategies is the prolonged tool life and reduced load on the spindle motor.

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