Originally titled 'Wire EDM Offer Versatility, Low Operating Cost'
Makino’s U3 and U6 general-purpose wire EDM technologies are designed for ease of operation, versatility and low operating cost.
The U3 offers X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 370 × 270 × 220 mm, and will accommodate a maximum workpiece size of 770 × 590 × 220 mm with a payload of 1,322 lbs. The U6 offers X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 650 × 450 × 420 mm, and holds sizes as large as 1,000 × 800 × 400 mm with a maximum payload of 3,307 lbs. Other features of both EDM machines include reduced wire-consumption rates, dual digitally-controlled flush pumps and a choice of two wire-guide configurations—conventional round or a Split V guide system—to accommodate virtually any material types and flushing conditions from 0.004" to 0.012" (0.1- to 0.3-mm) diameter wire.
The entire bed casting of the U3 and U6 is used as the dielectric reservoir, reducing floor-space requirements over previous models and eliminating the need for additional external fluid tanks. By merging all machine components into a single base structure, the machines provide improved mechanical rigidity and thermal stability, and the stationary table design ensures sustainable long-term accuracy. Additionally, work-zone access has been simplified for straightforward, ergonomic access and ease of maintenance.
Both wire EDM machines are equipped with Makino’s Hyper-i machine control system, which features a user-friendly and intuitive interface similar to those found on tablets and smartphones. A 24", high-definition touchscreen displays a variety of intelligent functions, including onboard electronic manuals, instructional videos and a diagnosis tool. The Hyper-i control can also be customized to individual operators and/or for certain shifts, and an optional dual-display screen can be configured for use with an onboard CAD/CAM system.