Optimized CAM programming How a contract manufacturer slashes programming times by 80 Percent

Editor: Alexander Stark

Germany — Bavarian contract manufacturer BAM is going all in with digital processes in an effort to further reduce costs and project times in contract manufacturing. With the support of Open Mind, the company has used Hypermill Automation Center to streamline and markedly speed up CAM programming.

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Modern machining relies on 5-axis technology. BAM uses the Hypermill CAM system to generate suitable NC programs – in some cases even fully automatically.
Modern machining relies on 5-axis technology. BAM uses the Hypermill CAM system to generate suitable NC programs – in some cases even fully automatically.
(Source: Open Mind)

At BAM, CAM programming represents the final digital step in the transition from the customer design to the finished workpiece. Automation has helped reduce CAM programming times in Hypermill by 70 to 80 %.

Thanks to the powerful 2.5D, 3D and 5 axis cycles of the solution, the contract manufacturer has succeeded in reducing setup and programming times at the machining centers, resulting in increased efficiency and higher capacity utilization. Stefan Bauer, Head of Manufacturing at BAM explains that with its feature technology, macro databases and associated process, Hypermill would also provide a solid basis to automate programming and significantly reduce time expenditure by reusing pre-existing programming know-how.

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The automation center is built on feature and macro technology, allowing any user to standardize machining steps and automatically apply them to new workpieces. Open Mind honed and optimized the process for use at BAM. To handle a wide variety of orders and workpieces, the CAD/CAM manufacturer integrated an interactive user guide which uses a few parameters to control automated programming.

For Marco Bauer, Managing Director of BAM, one of the key factors for us was that Open Mind develops their software in-house. As a result, the customer was able to obtain customized functions for their automation projects very rapidly, which — according to Bauer — has helped the company improve leaps and bounds.

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