Milling and Turning in a Single User Interface with hyperMILL MILL-TURN Machining 

The hyperMILL MILL-TURN Machining module from OPEN MIND Technologies combines functions for turning and milling to allow maximum process reliability and a more efficient use of machines and tools. Only a shared postprocessor, continuous stock tracking, and reliable collision checking can transform turning and milling on a machine into an integrated process. The most recent addition to hyperMILL MILL-TURN Machining is the exclusive CAM strategy for the rollFEED Turning method from the cutting tool manufacturer Vandurit.

Mill turning centers are designed for efficient all-in-one machining in a single setup. The hyperMILL MILL-TURN Machining module ensures that the user remains in the same programming environment for both turning and milling. All turning and milling cycles can therefore be freely combined with one another. Stock tracking guarantees that the milling process can begin exactly where turning has ended; as each operation draws on a stock model for which the preceding machining steps have already been taken into account.

With its 3-axis simultaneous turning for roughing and finishing, hyperMILL takes full advantage of the possibilities offered by mill/turning centers that feature a swivel head on the third axis: The even load on the tool helps to extend the tool life and complex workpiece contours can be generated quickly in a single operation.

Result of the Collaboration
The rollFEED drive unit from Vandurit makes 3-axis turning operations possible for turning machines that do not have a third axis. Thanks to the close cooperation between CAM and tool manufacturer, the hyperMILL rollFEED Turning strategy is perfectly adapted to the three rollFEED Turning components: inserts, tooling system and drive unit. rollFEED Turning with CAM support from OPEN MIND is extremely fast and tool-friendly thanks to the rolling of the complete insert contour. The cutting movement is produced by a horizontal swiveling of the B-axis with simultaneous compensation for the X and Z axes. This means that grooves can be machined with a single tool in a single movement. The CAM strategy automatically guides the tool from the first to the second plane level via the cylinder surface. Thanks to the combination of roll and turn movements, even workpieces with large radii can be machined with collision checking, making for full process reliability.