GF Machining Solutions

Phone: 847-913-5300
Toll-Free: 800-282-1336
Fax: 847-913-5340

Agie Charmilles, Mikron, System3R, Steptec, Liechti
Please visit: GF Machining Solutions

Mailing Address:
560 Bond St.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069 US

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A Special Message from GF Machining Solutions

FORM 400 Sinker EDM

3 New Innovations in Sinker EDM

GF Machining Solutions recently introduced three new sinker EDM generator functions as part of its digital generator technology package that comes standard on its FORM 200, 300 and 400 machines.

1. Wear Partitioning 

Wear Partitioning offers a better alternative for electrode wear compensation. It optimizes the use of electrodes, sharing the electrode wear among the mold cavities to increase part quality and dimensional consistency. While actual burn times remain unchanged, the function helps reduce the use of consumables, which is especially beneficial when electrodes are complex and require a lot of machining time to produce. 

2. 3DS

Thanks to 100 percent-digital generator technology, the 3DS function reduces friction on the surface area of molds, including inside any small details and ribs. Molds fill quicker, shaving seconds off the molding process, and for manufacturers that make millions of injected-molded parts, this saves hours of cycle time and helps them produce hundreds of thousands of additional parts.

3. ISPG + iGAP

Thanks to a special generator function, certain sinker EDMs can now vary the sparks between the fronts and sides of electrodes, as opposed to using the same spark the whole way through a burn.  Through 100% digital generator technology, the ISPG +iGAP function not only keeps electrode wear in check, but most importantly optimizes cutting speeds. The technology applies the electrical current only when and where necessary to eliminate lateral sparking that historically creates disturbances on the sides of mold cavities.


Company Profile

GF Machining Solutions is a leading provider of machine tools, automation solutions and services to the tool and moldmaking industry as well as precision parts manufacturers in market segments that include aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical and ICT.   

The company's comprehensive product portfolio encompasses EDM systemsmachining centers and laser texturing solutions, all of which deliver unbeatable speed, efficiency, precision and reliability. Tooling, automation and software solutions are also available to further maximize these machine tools.    

To further leverage the competitive advantages of its equipment, the company's UPTIME+ Service and Support Program offers customers applications expertise, comprehensive training, technical assistance, preventive maintenance, world-class warranty coverage as well as parts and consumables.

Originating in Switzerland in 1861, GF Machining Solutions is part of the Swiss Georg Fischer Group, which has 50 locations worldwide. While Lincolnshire, Illinois is home to the company’s U.S. headquarters, manufacturers can benefit from four application centers located nationwide in Lincolnshire, Illinois; Holliston, Massachusetts; Irvine, California; and Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Product Categories of GF Machining Solutions

  • Automated Pallet Systems
  • Consulting Services
  • EDM Filtration Equipment & Supplies
  • EDM Tooling
  • EDM, Ram Type (Die-Sinking) CNC
  • EDM, Small Hole
  • EDM, Wire Type
  • Electrode Materials, EDM Wire, & Supplies
  • Laser Marking Systems
  • Maintenance & Repair Services
  • Marking & Engraving Machines
  • Milling Machines, Graphite
  • Milling Machines, Planer, Gantry & Bridge Type
  • Milling Machines, Universal
  • On-Machine Probes
  • Pallet Changers - Automatic
  • Pallet Changers/Shuttles and Programmable Transfer Devices
  • Spindles
  • Tool Holders & Adapters
  • Toolchangers
  • Vertical Machining Centers, Five-Axis
  • Vertical Machining Centers, Up to Four-Axis

Trade Names

  • +GF+
  • AC Form HMI
  • AgieCharmilles
  • Integrated Vision Unit
  • Intelligent Power Generator
  • Intelligent Tool Measurement
  • Liechti
  • Mikron
  • Smart Machine
  • Step-Tec
  • System 3R
  • Uptime+

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Comprehensive Product Portfolio

Offering milling, EDM, laser and automation technology, GF Machining Solutions has the perfect solution for you.  

World-Class Service and Support

GF Machining Solutions' Uptime+ program has all your service and support needs covered. 

Locate a Distributor

Purchase a productive GF Machining Solution's product near you.  

Trade Show and Events Calendar

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Product Announcements Provided By GF Machining Solutions

Company Enters 3D Printing Market

100,000th Machine Install Marks Major Milestone

High-speed machine for mold and die work

Automation that expands with business growth

Sinker EDM with Best Price/Performance Ratio

As seen in MMS

December 2015 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers.

Machining Center for Die/Mold Ensures Thermal Stability
The HSM 500 MoldMaster (MM) machining center from GF Machining Solutions is designed to produce die/mold-related components, from 58-Rc steel mold cores to hot pressing dies to sinker-EDM electrodes for intricate mold cavities.

Sinker EDM’s Toolchanger Holds 16 Electrodes
The AgieCharmilles Form 20 iRTC sinker EDM from GF Machining Solutions comes with an integrated rotary toolchanger (iRTC) to boost part processing flexibility while increasing capability for continuous, unattended operation.

GF Machining Solutions, OSG to Host Symposium in California
The two-day event will focus on EDM and milling solutions for the medical, moldmaking and aerospace sectors.

Milling Center Produces Mold Cores, EDM Electrodes
Available from GF Machining Solutions, the Mikron HSM 500 MoldMaster high-speed milling machine was designed with die/mold makers in mind.

Solution Days at GF Machining Solutions

Getting Acquainted with Scott Fosdick
Scott is the new head of Market Region Americas for GF Machining Solutions, the brand that includes Agie Charmilles (EDM and laser texturing), Mikron (high-performance milling), System 3R (automation and tooling) and Leichti (five-axis milling machine for blades and blisks) and Step-Tec (machine tool spindles). I had the opportunity to meet Scott and get acquainted at the company’s Open House “Solutions Days” last week. Here is my report.

GF Machining Solutions Hosts Solutions Days Event
The three-day event offers technology demonstrations and workshops on application topics.

GF Machining Solutions Appoints Regional Marketing Head
Scott Fosdick returns to the United States after 24 years working in Asia.

Wire EDM Continuously Calculates Part Thickness for Accuracy
The AgieCharmilles cut 200 Sp speed edition wire EDM from GF Machining Solutions provides fast spark-to-spark wire threading, energy efficiency and high productivity when cutting parts of variable heights.

Protection System Saves Spindles During Collisions
Collisions on a VMC can cause costly damage to the spindle as well as other machine parts, which prompted GF Machining Solutions to develop its Machine and Spindle Protection (MSP) feature.

June 2015 Product Spotlight Slideshow: EDM
This month’s product slideshow includes equipment ranging from wire EDMs and consumables to an electrical discharge device for dressing grinding wheels.

Wire EDMs Equipped with Moldmaking Features
GF Machining Solutions’ AgieCharmilles Cut 200/300 MoldTech series of wire EDMs is designed to meet the needs of moldmakers.

GF Machining Solutions Names Distributor
The dealer will serve Southern Ohio and Kentucky.

Five-Axis Mill Provides Continuous Operation, Increased Spindle Uptime
The Mikron HEM 500U high-efficiency milling machine from GF Machining Solutions includes a 10-position pallet changer and provides high-performance five-axis capabilities for efficient, accurate and reliable production.

Swiss Technology Tour
A recent Switzerland tour organized by the NTMA revealed insights on machine and spindle collision protection, fluids for deep-hole drilling and more.

EDM Drilling Unit Improves Production for Aerospace Manufacturer
This shop utilized a hole-drilling EDM to improve setup time, manage labor hours and provide faster turnaround.

Wire EDM for Jet Engine “Fir Trees”
Advances in wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) technology have made it acceptable for machining critical aerospace parts. It may now become the preferred method for cutting turbine disc “fir trees,” a particularly demanding application that highlights the benefits of this machining process.

Houstex 2015 Preview Slideshow
Click through the slideshow to see a selection of technologies to be displayed at Houstex in advance of the February 24-26 trade show.

GF Machining Solutions Celebrates California Facility
The larger facility enables better support for Western U.S. customers.