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Wire Spark

Erosion (EDM)

The proven solution for wire EDM

OPTICAM CAM software is 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 area.

OPEN MIND now provides the fully integrated OPTICAM wire EDM solution in hyperCAD®-S. As a modern ‘CAD for CAM’ environment, the hyperCAD®-S CAD system speeds up programming work. It is possible to create milling, mill/turning and wire EDM programs on a single model. All the user needs to do is switch between the OPTICAM wire-cutting module and hyperMILL® CAM software.



➤ Wire cutting

CAD Integration: OPTICAM in 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

Features of wire EDM

Feature recognition

Features are automatically linked to the NC program: During component analysis, wire geometries are reliably recognized as features. Faces or edges can also be chosen manually for the wire EDM. Specific areas can be chosen for the creation of user-defined features. The optimal machining strategy is identified for each feature and immediately defined using extensive technology databases.

  • Automatic feature generation

  • Use of feature information

  • Undercut control

  • Maximum conicity control



The toolpaths can be reliably checked in a 3D simulation. Collision-checked machine and removal simulation makes it possible to closely monitor the workspace and provides a high degree of safety. The path off-setting, clamps and machine heads are all displayed. The cutting time can be quickly and easily calculated for each wire EDM operation. This ensures that machining times can be planned perfectly.

Technology databases

The OPTICAM module is continuously adapted to work in synergy with the latest functions of wire electrical discharge machines. Thanks to its extensive range of functions, the module is the market leader in the field of wire cutting and is recommended by many renowned machine manufacturers. The technology databases are always up to date as they come directly from the machine tool manufacturer.


The postprocessors are constantly being upgraded by the OPTICAM manufacturer, Camtek. Camtek is always in close cooperation with the machine manufacturers and this ensures that the postprocessors are always up-to-date and reliable.

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 synchronization

  • 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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