Machine Software Speeds 3D Contouring

Makino introduces SGI.5, the latest version of its Super Geometric Intelligence software for high-feed-rate, tight-tolerance machining of complex, three-dimensional contoured shapes.

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Makino introduces SGI.5, the latest version of its Super Geometric Intelligence software for high-feed-rate, tight-tolerance machining of complex, three-dimensional contoured shapes. The technology facilitates greater levels of accuracy and reductions in cycle time, the company says. Depending upon the specific geometry of the application, SGI.5 can provide 20 to 60 percent faster cycle times while maintaining accuracy and surface finishes.

The software leverages the rigidity of the Makino machine structure, kinematics of the machine drive systems and the company’s latest advancements in servodrive technology. The result is high speeds, high feeds and tight accuracies when executing NC programs with micro-blocks whose traverse movement value is 1 mm or less, the company says. This is characteristic of the complex 3D free, curved surface shapes found in the die/mold, medical, aerospace and other high-performance milling applications.

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