The NXV 1020AM vertical machining center from YCM Americas is designed for die and mold machining applications. X-, Y- and Z-axis travels measure 40" × 20" × 21" to accommodate larger die mold requirements. Oversized linear guideways help to ensure balance between machining rigidity and accuracy. Specialized P12 pitch ballscrews and a structural design optimized for vibration damping promote cutting accuracy.
The machine is equipped with a 20-hp, low-vibration IDD spindle offering speeds ranging to 15,000 rpm. The dual-face contact, 40-taper spindle is said to provide cutting rigidity with minimal spindle growth and vibration. A spindle cooling system with oil-air mist lubrication to the main bearings helps to extend spindle and machine life at high speed operations. The VMC also features a high-speed, 24-station double-arm-type automatic toolchanger. A 30-station ATC is available as an option.
The VMC is equipped with a FANUC MXP-200FA (OiMD) YCM-enhanced CNC and I-Operation Plus II software designed by YCM. The M-300 high-performance machining mode enables machining efficiency for roughing operations and optimal accuracy for finishing operations, the company says.
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