June 2019 Product Spotlight: Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on different types of electrical discharge machining equipment.
The image gallery above, based on Modern Machine Shop magazine’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight, features a selection of the product releases we have recently published about electrical discharge machining, which uses electricity to burn away material bit by bit. This spotlight includes a variety of EDM equipment. More can be found in our Zone dedicated to EDM equipment.
Swipe through the gallery for details about each product, and follow the caption links for more information. Products featured in this month’s spotlight come from the following companies:
- Absolute Machine Tools
- Beaumont Machine
- Current EDM
- GF Machining Solutions
- Kaast Machinery
- MC Machinery
- Methods Machine Tools
Wire EDM units that swivel a horizontally guided electrode wire in a CNC-controlled E axis give this shop the workpiece clearance and flexibility to produce complex, high-precision PCD-tipped cutting tools.
In many die and mold shops, the choice between ram EDM and CNC milling is far less clear than it used to be. Changing technology is changing the rules.
A shop specializing in wire EDM for large mold components now offers EDM “turning” of small, intricate parts. Despite the potential risks involved in early adoption of new technologies, the shop believes this practice gives it a leg-up on the competition and lets it gain experience with alternative machining techniques before offering them to customers.