Five-Axis Machine for Small, Complex Parts

Mazak’s VC-500A/5X vertical machining center features a trunnion-style rotary/tilt table for precise, cost-effective five-axis machining of intricate work and a Mazatrol SmoothX CNC for easier programming and faster part cycle times.

Mazak’s VC-500A/5X vertical machining center features a trunnion-style rotary/tilt table for precise, cost-effective five-axis machining of intricate work and a Mazatrol SmoothX CNC for easier programming and faster part cycle times.

The VMC comes standard with a robust, high-performance CAT 40, 12,000-rpm spindle that delivers high metal removal capabilities in common materials including steel, aluminum and cast iron. Speeds of 15,000 rpm and 20,000 rpm are also available to address a variety of part production requirements. 

Now with 60-tool capacity, the new tool magazine reduces setup time, allows for redundant tooling and enables more unmanned uninterrupted operations, the company says. An accompanying automatic toolchanger (ATC) speeds tool changes and reduces non-cutting time, while tool monitoring helps detect problems early.

X-, Y- and Z-axis travels measure 19.88", 19.88" and 20.07", respectively, accommodating part sizes ranging to 19.68" in diameter and 12" high. Rapid traverse rates now reach 1,181 ipm.

The trunnion-style rotary/tilt table is made with high-speed roller gear cam drive technology for high torsional rigidity and positioning accuracy. The table tilts ±110 degrees in the B axis, rotates 360 degrees in the C axis and accommodates workpieces weighting as much as 440 lbs.

The Mazatrol SmoothX CNC eases program generation for highly complex parts, the company says. It has several advanced functions that help to reduce machining cycle times, especially in fine-increment programs for simultaneous five-axis operations and free-form die/mold machining.

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