The AccuteX AX-1165 EDM from Absolute is a heavy-duty wire machine that accommodates workpieces weighing as much as 9,000 lbs. The machine is equipped with an annealing, fully automatic wire threading system (AWT) with a tip disposal unit. The intelligent servo-control and multi-detectors enable quick, reliable, automatic wire threading, the company says.
The Windows CE-based CNC system’s 64-bit CPU is a high speed, stable, industrial-grade computer that features a powerful NC calculation function for high-accuracy machining, the company says. Comprehensive online help information and user-friendly operational interface present powerful calculation features. Standard features include machine travels measuring 43.3" × 25.6" × 23.6" in the X, Y and Z axes, respectively, as well as 5.9" in the U-V axis. Rapid traverse rates range to 51.1 ipm, with simultaneous wire feed rates ranging from 0 to 590 ipm using 0.008" to 0.013"-diameter electrode wire.
According to the company, virtually all wire-handling operations have been simplified. The U-V axis mechanism has been placed in the cabinet above the working area for higher system reliability. The Z axis is rigid enough to bear high flushing pressures without deviation, which creates a straight cut in tall workpieces, the company says.
Benefits are said to include minimal setup, unmanned machining, user-friendly touch controls and access to a variety of fixtures to accommodate any setup.
Wire EDM Offers More Than Just Precision
Among other benefits, these two shops have saved significant production time by using wire EDM for part-cutoff operations previously conducted on bandsaws.