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hyperCAD®-S Electrode: electrode manufacturing for die-sinking EDM

hyperCAD®-S Electrode – the module for manufacturing electrodes easily and safely covering design and CAM programming stages, and output sent to NC milling machines.

Die sinking processes are used for sharp-edged and difficult-to-mill component areas. The suitable electrodes need to be designed first, then programmed and then finally milled. The hyperCAD®-S Electrode module significantly reduces the amount of work involved in both the design and CAM programming stage.

Designing an electrode in just a few short steps

The Electrode module largely automates the design process in the hyperCAD®-S CAD software. The NC programmer selects the faces to be eroded on the component geometry and the hyperCAD®-S Electrode module generates the corresponding collision-free electrodes including extensions and selection of holders from a library.

Fast and reliable CAM programming of electrodes for die-sinking EDM

Geometry and technology information are seamlessly transferred to the hyperMILL® CAM software through a dedicated feature. The CAM system supports the user during electrode programming with a separate dialog window and feature type to avoid errors. The NC programmer can perform the entire process with just a few clicks and without any design knowledge. If machining macros exist, the process can be partially or fully automated.

Electrode module features

  • Suitable for solid and face models

  • Geometry selection through face and contour selection

  • Automatic extension of electrode geometry

  • Holes in the geometry can be automatically closed

  • Measuring markers for the electrode

  • Automatic colour and layer definition for the individual electrode areas

  • Automatic raw material and holder selection with best fit option for optimal alignment

  • Automatic stock calculation and collision avoidance

  • Electrode reference as chamfer or radius

  • Detailed reports

  • Incorporation of manually created electrode geometries into the automated process

  • Automatic calculation of the minimum rib distance

  • Automatic calculation of the length and adjustment options for the length of useless raw material

  • Fast programming in hyperMILL®:
    All technology data, such as the spark gap, stock size and positional reference, are automatically transferred in hyperMILL®. The programming work can even be further automated using machining macros.

hyperCAD®- S Electrode

The new electrode module largely automates the construction process in hyperCAD®-S. Seamless technology and component data transfers in hyperMILL® also ensure fast, reliable programming. The entire process is so highly supported that program¬mers can carry it out with just a few clicks, without requiring any construction knowledge.