CAM solution for wire EDM

Use OPTICAM to create NC programs for wire EDM efficiently and flexibly, regardless of whether this involves simple 2-axis movements or complex 4-axis movements. OPEN MIND offers the proven OPTICAM wire-cutting module within its 

hyperCAD®-S CAD software.

Wire EDM works according to the principle of spark erosion and is also referred to as spark erosion cutting or erosion cutting, wire cutting or wire erosion. Electrothermal separation processes are available as an alternative to cutting manufacturing processes when a low mechanical strain is required to manufacture highly complex geometries with the smallest corner radiuses and the best possible surface quality. High-precision CNC machines move the tool wire (cathode) with extreme positional accuracy and cut a programmed contour in the workpiece (anode) using spark erosion.

The proven solution for wire EDM

OPTICAM CAM software has been used to operate wire electrical discharge machines efficiently and safely. OPTICAM has extensive functions and uses the technology databases from all major manufacturers and up-to-date postprocessors to solve any problem that may be encountered in wire EDM.

OPEN MIND provides the fully integrated OPTICAM wire EDM solution in hyperCAD®-S. As a modern ‘CAD for CAM’ environment, the hyperCAD®-S CAD software additionally speeds up programming work. It is possible to create milling, mill turning and wire EDM programs on one and the same model. All the user needs to do is switch between the OPTICAM wire-cutting module and hyperMILL® CAM software.
The OPTICAM solution meets all requirements with regard to integration, reliability and user friendliness and is therefore certified for hyperCAD®-S.

Strategies for efficient and reliable wire EDM

  • Supervised and unsupervised day and night operation

  • Punch strategies

  • Reverse cutting

  • Automatic cutting off of slugs

  • User-defined strategies can be saved as templates

OPTICAM Benefits

  • Simple and fast programming of wire electrical discharge machines

  • Integrated in a powerful CAD system that allows 3D data to be easily prepared

  • Extensive strategies for wire electrical discharge machines with two to four axes

  • User-defined strategies can be saved as templates

  • Automatic feature generation

  • Use of feature information

Optimal Strategies

The right strategies for every feature: The optimal machining strategies are identified and immediately defined using extensive technology databases based on their suitability for the machining job. Faces or edges can also be chosen manually for the wire EDM of only specific areas or for the creation of user-defined features. All cuts are shown in the cuts dialog. Toolpaths can be changed afterwards.

Wire EDM strategies

  • Cylindrical machining

  • Constant and variable taper, also on cylindrical components

  • Ruled face machining with automatic synchronisation

  • Inclined machining

  • Automatic threading and cutting of wires

  • Diagonal threading

  • Automatic positioning

  • Automatic clustering of identical geometries

  • Multi-part programming

  • Variable reference plane height

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