The five-axis LinX Compact series of medium-sized linear motor milling machines uses a mobile crossbeam to support both high speed and high-power operations. Three versions are available—LinX 20, LinX 30 and LinX 35—offering Y-axis strokes of 79, 116 or 144". The minimum X-axis stroke of these machines is 79", but this can be increased using modular, 79" extensions. The machines offer Z-axis strokes ranging from 35" to 79". A selection of milling heads (and spindles offering speeds as fast as 27,000 rpm) allows the machines to be tailored to specific machining applications. These include the Bipolar T2D and T3D heads for automotive design and prototyping work; the T3D Aero-configuration head for aerospace components; the T3K head for mold and die machining; and the Indexed TMX head for general machining applications. The company says its linear motor design not only minimizes maintenance because of the absence of wearing mechanical components, but it also provides a better working environment for machinists due to its low operating noise level.
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