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The JapanTek 5X-410 machining center available from SB Machine Tools features a 120-degree tilting spindle head and can provide five-axis, five-face, horizontal and vertical machining in one machine.
Unlike cradle- or trunnion-type machines, the 5X-410 maintains original strokes and part size/weight envelopes, while offering improved accessibility, the company says. It also is said to be easier to program and operate than machines with tilting table/articulating head types.
With a single setup and two-pallet automatic pallet changer, the 5X-410 is designed to eliminate protracted cycle times and excessive scrap commonly associated with the numerous fixturing requirements of multiple-operations or complex parts. It can accomplish five-axis/five-face milling, drilling and tapping on intricate shapes, and is well-suited for a variety of aviation, aerospace, medical, automotive, and die and mold applications, the company says.
The machining features a 16" square pallet that can accommodate a 16"×16" part and enables full four-sides and top surface machining on 16"×16"×16" parts. From any angle, X-axis travel is 25.6". At spindle vertical, Y-axis travel is 16" and Z-axis (table surface to spindle nose) travel is 21.7". At spindle horizontal, Y-axis travel ranges from 2.8" to 25.6", and Z-axis travel ranges from 0" to 24".
The 5X-410 includes a 30-hp main motor, a 60-tool magazine with automatic tool changer, coolant through the spindle, a full enclosure and a two-pallet automatic pallet changer. The standard speed of the CAT-40 spindle is 12,000 rpm; 15,000 rpm also is available.