Partners in THINC Winter Showcase to Demonstrate Five-Axis Setup
The demonstration is intended to benefit shops that need to do five-axis work but don’t want to or need to incur the price of a dedicated five-axis machine tool.
The 2017 Okuma Partners in THINC Winter Showcase will be held December 5-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of the key demonstrations will feature a modular approach to enable manufacturers to generate high-precision five-axis parts without investing in a dedicated five-axis machining center. The part chosen is a representative aerospace landing gear component. The demo will utilize the combined products and capabilities of
- Okuma, which will supply an Genos M56O-V machining center;
- Hainbuch America (workholding);
- Kennametal (tooling);
- Haimer USA (shrink-fit toolholders);
- MP Systems (high-pressure coolant and chiller systems);
- Lyndex-Nikken (five-axis rotary tables);
- Blaser Swisslube (mineral-oil-based coolant); and
- Siemens PLM (systems software).
“Much of the current manufacturing environment is characterized by the need for complex parts produced in small to medium batch quantities. As parts requiring five-axis machining have become more in demand, especially in industries such as aerospace and medical, manufacturers are faced with the problem of justifying a dedicated five-axis machine for a limited number of parts or parts families,” says Wade Anderson, Okuma Product Specialist and Tech Center Manager. “Working together, our Partners in THINC have devised a solution that will enable their customers to achieve five-axis capability and high precision without incurring a prohibitive financial commitment.”
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