Open Mind Technologies has announced that its Hypermill CAM software has been utilised to conduct the 5-axis programming of a replica basketball hoop.
The software was used in conjunction with a Grob G350 5-axis machining centre using conical ball barrel cutters from OSG. Starting with a 81kg block of aluminum and using a 320mm cutting tool length, the finished basketball hoop was milled to 565 g, a 99.3% material reduction.
The hoop has an intricate design that was machined to the finest levels of detail, as the company states. According to Open Mind, the application showcases Hypermill’s capability for complex 5-axis machining including milling deep pockets and finishing curved shapes. Collision control enables a long cutting tool to cut in extremely tight contours.
The outer regions were machined with Hypermill Maxx Machining roughing applied with a 5-axis shape-offset roughing process.