5-axis machining of a basketball net

December 20, 2017 - 01:15pm

Open Mind Technologies AG has announced its hyperMILLCAM software has provided 5-axis programming to successfully replicate a basketball hoop. The basketball hoop was machined on a GROB G350 5-axis machining center using conical ball barrel cutters from OSG.

Starting with a 180-lb. block of aluminum and using a 12.6 inch (320 mm) length cutting tool, the finished basketball hoop was milled to 1 lb. 4 oz., a 99.3 percent material reduction. The hoop has an intricate design that was machined to the finest levels of detail.

The application showcases hyperMILL's extreme high performance capability for complex 5-axis machining, including milling deep pockets and finishing curved shapes. Enhanced collision control enables a long cutting tool to cut in extremely tight contours. The outer regions were machined with hyperMILLMAXX Machining roughing applied with a 5-axis shape-offset roughing process. hyperMILL CAM software provides users a broad array of features designed to improve their manufacturing process with speed and flexibility.

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.

  • gang cutting ( milling)

    gang cutting ( milling)

    Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.

  • machining center

    machining center

    CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.

  • milling


    Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.


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