CAD/CAM software developer Open Mind will exhibit the latest tire module for the upcoming hyperMILL Version 2013 at Tire Technology in Cologne, Germany, from 5 to 7 February 2013. The new software version facilitates the machining programming required to produce tire moulds, while optimized toolpaths accelerate manufacturing, the developer says.
The tire module features a new Tire Browser, which is completely integrated in hyperMILL. The Tire Clock in the Tire Browser contains all of the tire’s design information (segment, tracks, pitch sequence, pitches and orientations). Once the pitch geometry has been defined, 3D models of the segments can be automatically created and managed in the browser, as can all elements and geometries required for programming. It is now possible to automatically display the appropriate geometry for each operation, which saves programming time and prevents errors.
In addition, the new Multiple Track Support function allows a separate pitch sequence to be defined for each track. This means that each pitch only has to be programmed once. The 180 degree rotation and mirroring functions significantly reduce programming time. Segment toolpaths are automatically created once the pitches have been programmed. Unnecessary movements can be eliminated by trimming the toolpaths at the segment limits. Sorting and linking toolpaths also reduces machining time. Meanwhile, the automatic collision check function in hyperMILL ensures maximum process reliability, the company notes.