My Hypermill is rel 9.7 of the Expert level code (that is 3D routines only and frames support). I use Hypermill in Autodesk Inventor 2008.
I am going to start this off with a request for a spiral mode to clear a face or clear out a circlar pocket.
Just as an example if you have a round part sticking up in a vice and you need to face it off with an endmill there is no quicker way to do it than with a spiral cut with an infeed starting from the outside. I am aware that this can be programmed with free path milling but it is not as simple as first meets the eye. Clearing the final center is not easy with a spiral that uses path compensation.
It would also be nice to have a spiral round pocket clearing routine. One that could spiral down into the center of the material and then start the spiral to clear all the material until the pocket is cleared.
It would be preferable to have this in the 2D routines like 2D pocket milling and 2D face milling. But I would welcome it in 3D profile finishing and 3D Z level roughing too.
MasterCAM has a nice spiral tool path solution and I think it is time for Hypermill to have it too. There is nothing faster and better on the tool. My perspective is machining titanium. In titanium it is bad to plunge the tool into the material with a full cut. It leaves the flutes cutting for too long and so heats up the cutter to much to the destruction of the carbide.
If you know of an alternate solution to produce this cutter path, please by all means lets hear it.