A Brief Look at Bi-Mu 2012
Here is a brief look at some of the technology that was on display at Bi-Mu, the biennial machine tool show in Milan, Italy. The slideshow also includes industry news and information about the Italian machine tool market.
Which Five-Axis Machine for Mold Makers?
This Chicago-area mold shop compares tilting-spindle and tilting-table five-axis machines.
How Cameras Improve Capacity
Web cameras provide an inexpensive way to bring remote processes together, and to improve timing and confidence in unattended machining.
Bi-Mu at a Glance
See a slideshow of some of the technology viewed at the 2010 edition of Bi-Mu, the biennial Italian manufacturing technology trade show.
Two Machines, One Worktable
Fidia’s Y2K solution combines two of the company’s K-range machining centers, which face each other and share the same worktable to provide efficient modularity. According to the company, the simultaneous action of two milling heads controlled by two synchronized CNCs enables production of drawing dies for sheet metal, aeronautical components, models and prototypes in nearly half the time. Additionally, the company says its flexible software, as well as the fact that the two controls allow the use of independent milling programs for each machine’s work area, makes the solution useful for machining dies, large-dimensioned single components or separate pieces.
Cutting To The Model
This mold shop's cutting tool strategies help it eliminate hand spotting altogether by machining complex molds directly to the CAD model.
In-House Measurement For Bi-Rotary Heads
Generally the method required to verify a four-or five-axis, bi-rotary head machining center involves sophisticated laser interferometers and time consuming machine mapping to define and correct axis deviation from wear or other causes. For most shops, this calibration is done by an outside service.
High Speed Machining, Italian Style
One of the highlights of BI-MU, Italy's recent biennial machine tool show, was the number of innovative machine tools (and related technology) focusing on high speed machining.
Going Beyond Three-Axis Milling
In its quest for greater moldmaking efficiency, this shop added fourth- and fifth-axis positioning mills and is about to buy its first continuous five-axis mill.
This mold maker describes its use of both tilting-spindle and tilting-table five-axis machines.