Automatic Wire EDM Efficiently Machines Micro Parts
GF AgieCharmilles’ Cut 2000 EDM features automatic wire-changing capabilities and is said to be well-suited for micromachining applications.
The automatic wire changer is said to enable operators to easily switch between wires of different sizes and materials to optimize both roughing and finishing operations. According to the company, benefits are especially prevalent when working with parts requiring use of a wire 0.004" or smaller in diameter.
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.
Modular workpiece fixturing plays a vital role in this shop’s quest to win larger, more difficult wire EDM jobs.
A new breed of power generators for wire EDMs has options for reducing, even eliminating, one of the unwanted side effects of this very versatile metalcutting process.