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Milling and Drilling

hyperMILL® 2.5D machining is typically applied to plate processing in tool and mold manufacturing. Pocket machining, plane levels, contours and drill holes present very unique challenges here. Intelligent mechanisms, such as the recognition of pocket features can now help the CAM user to program faster than ever before.
With its high-performance cutting functions (HPC)hyperMILL
® MAXX Machining will boost machining performance during 2.5D roughing.

Which tasks can this module be used for? 


Pocket Milling

Rectangular Pocket

Inclined Pocketing

 Contour Milling

 Contour Milling on 3D models

 Inclined Contouring

 Chamfer Milling on 3D models

 Rest Machining

 Face Milling

 Playback Milling

 Plunge Milling

 Multi-axis indexing with fixed tool angle




Simple Drilling

 Drilling with chip break

 Drilling with pecking cycle



 Thread Milling


 Helical Drilling

 Drilling circular pockets

 Gun Drilling


Module features

Pocket Milling

Pocket Milling is suitable for the machining of straight and inclined pockets with any contour. This includes the automatic recognition of islands and rest material areas. Open and closed pockets can also be machined without any issues when using the ‘Pocket Milling’ strategy.


Automatic feature recognition


Supports 2D control cycles


2D HPC machining

Contour Milling

Contour Milling optimizes the machining of open and closed contours with the option of path compensation, automatic rest material detection and the machining of undercut contours that can be difficult to access. The ‘Contour Milling on 3D Model’ strategy also includes:

  • Collision check for the 3D model

  • Automatic contour optimization and sorting

  • Trimming of toolpaths to stock or model

  • Automatic approach and retract strategies


Contour Milling also on 3D model: with collision check


Trimming the toolpath against the model

Rest Machining

During 2.5D contour and pocket machining, some areas cannot be machined with larger tools.

The rest material strategy detects these component features and calculates separate toolpaths that can be machined with smaller tools.


Rest Machining with contour or pocket machining cycle


Tangential infeed for best surfaces

Plunge Milling

The 2D curve-based 'Plunge Milling' cycle provides efficient roughing and finishing of vertical contours, even on difficult to cut materials.


5-axis multi-axis indexing

All 2.5D machining strategies can also be applied to multi-axis indexing with a fixed tool angle. During this process, the orientation of machining is defined using a frame. Simple frame definition and management assist the user in programming operations with tilted fourth and fifth axes. With transformations in the NC programs, users can easily and conveniently create programs for multiple components clamped within a single plane or in a tombstone fixture, for instance. All traverse movements are checked for collisions and path-optimized.


hyperMILL® 2.5D Strategies

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