OPEN MIND Technologies & HAIMER Collaborate To Machine a Sleek Panther Figure

October 21, 2021 4:49 pm

Needham, MA U.S.A. –  OPEN MIND Technologies AG, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, has announced that it teamed up with HAIMER (Igenhausen, Germany) to take on the challenge of 5-axis machining a panther out of aluminum. HAIMER is a partner of the German Hockey League’s Augsburger Panther Professional Hockey Team. As a market leader that designs, manufactures and sells high-precision products including tool presetting machines, solid carbide cutting tools, toolholders and more to metalworking manufacturers in a wide range of industries, HAIMER had the tooling aspect well covered. Dedicated to using the most advanced high-end technology, HAIMER contacted its longtime CAD/CAM software partner, OPEN MIND Technologies (Wessling, Germany) for its hyperMILL® software suite and programming expertise. Providing leading worldwide CAM solutions, OPEN MIND was the perfect match for programming complete freely shaped contours required on the panther.

It took the HAIMER and OPEN MIND team approximately three intensive weeks to complete the first free-standing panther. Once the machining parameters were in place and optimized, the approximately 20″ (500 mm) long panther was machined in just under 13 hours. In addition to being proudly showcased by the Augsburger Panther hockey team, the panther model will be on display in HAIMER and OPEN MIND trade show booths at future events.

OPEN MIND Manager of Global Engineering Services Christian Neuner explained, “A model such as this one was a great opportunity to put the versatility and flexibility of our software to the test. hyperMILL® has a wide range of functions that allow CAM users to truly optimize a machine’s capabilities to achieve the desired goal, including making intricate, challenging parts.”

Jakob Nordmann, Application Engineer at OPEN MIND worked with HAIMER Applications Engineer Daniel Swoboda to develop the ideal programming and machining infrastructure. Due to the extremely detailed mouth and incisors, and the long and thin shape of the filigree tail section, two set-ups were required on a linear 5-axis DMG MORI HSC70 machining center. A four-flute cutter with a corner radius from the Duo-Lock™ HAIMER MILL Alu series was selected for the roughing, and tor the finishing process, the full radius version of the solid carbide end mill from the HAIMER MILL Alu series was used because of its micro-geometrical properties, which are designed for smoothness and top surface quality.

“For especially detailed areas, such as the mouth and tail section or with the creases of the joints, we generated additional surfaces that can be combined with the STL network in hyperMILL®, said Nordmann. For this, hyperCAD®-S, the ‘CAD for CAM’ system specially designed by OPEN MIND to help meet all the needs of programmers, was used.

Equally imperative for milling the panther was the hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center, a process-safe NC simulation solution where virtual machine movements fully mimic real movements and ensure reliable collision detection. The VIRTUAL Machining Center pre-emptively recognized that the component could not be processed in a basic orientation due to X-axis limited and automatically generated a solution for a workable position.

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About OPEN MIND Technologies

OPEN MIND Technologies’ North American headquarters are near Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A. and corporate headquarters are in Wessling, Germany. OPEN MIND is one of the world’s leading developers of powerful CAD/CAM solutions for machine and controller-independent programming. The company develops optimized CAD/CAM solutions that include many innovative features unavailable elsewhere, to deliver significantly higher performance in both programming and machining. Strategies such as 2.5D, 3D, as well as 5-axis milling, mill/ turning, and machining operations such as HSC and HPC, are efficiently designed into the hyperMILL® CAM system, providing maximum user benefit and compatibility with all current CAD solutions and extensive programming automation. OPEN MIND strives to be the best, most innovative CAD/CAM developer in the world, and has earned the top five ranking in the CAD/CAM industry according to the 2021 NC Market Analysis Report by CIMdata. OPEN MIND CAD/CAM solutions meet and exceed the requirements of the most demanding industries such as automotive, tool and mold manufacturing, production machining, medical, job shops, energy and aerospace industries, and is represented in all key markets of Asia, Europe and the Americas. OPEN MIND is a Mensch und Maschine Company.  For more information visit


About HAIMER (

HAIMER is a family run, medium size company located in Igenhausen, Bavaria near Augsburg, Germany. The company designs, produces and sells innovative, high precision products for metal cutting in industries including automotive, aerospace, energy, rail and general machining. In addition to the large offering of toolholders in all popular interfaces and lengths, including shrinking and balancing machines, HAIMER also offers 3-D Sensors, solid carbide cutting tools, and tool presetting machines. With its 800 employees, HAIMER is a true global player with 16 subsidiaries worldwide. HAIMER USA was the first one to be established in 2002 and is since then headquartered in Villa Park, IL covering the US and Canada as well as Mexico.

Five hundred people at the main production facility in Igenhausen, Germany are using the most modern machines and a high level of automation. At the second HAIMER production site in Bielefeld with approximately 50 employees, HAIMER Microset presetting machines are manufactured. Experienced, dynamic and highly skilled employees guarantee the well-known and highest quality “made by HAIMER.” As an active apprenticeship company with almost 50 interns, HAIMER has a high acquisition/ hiring rate, fulfilling its contribution to educate young adults, and fortify the future of its German manufacturing location.

HAIMER is the European market leader for toolholding technology, producing approximately 4,000 toolholders each day. Having a technological edge is key to HAIMER, and the company invests between 8 and 10% of its revenue in research and development to support its corporate philosophy: Quality Wins.

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