Compact Five-Axis Machine Handles Steel, Cast Iron, Titanium
Built on the company’s FZ33 Compact, Zimmerman’s FZ40 Compact offers the same rigid monoblock structure for rapid, easy setup while enabling heavy-duty cutting with an emphasis on toolmaking.
Built on the company’s FZ33 Compact, Zimmerman’s FZ40 Compact offers the same rigid monoblock structure for rapid, easy setup while enabling heavy-duty cutting with an emphasis on toolmaking. Whereas the FZ33 Compact was designed for fast and efficient machining of aluminum and composites, the FZ40 Compact goes a step further; with the same external dimensions and a working area of 2,400 × 2,900 × 1,250 mm, it is especially suitable for machining workpieces made of steel, cast iron and titanium.
The machine features a VH60 two-axis milling head with spindle power of 63 kW, spindle speed of 15,000 rpm and torque of 300 Nm. It is available with the HSK-A100 toolholder. For heavy-duty cutting, the portal has been made more massive and rigid. The machine also provides a larger cross-slide and a vertical slide specifically designed for machining tool steel.
The base plate is also strengthened, offering the capability of holding workpieces weighing as much as 16 metric tons. Eight additional mounting elements are provided for greater stability. The side walls are filled with special concrete and rest on the machine bed. This makes it possible to erect the machine on a solid industrial floor, usually without special machine foundations, the company says. Users thus have greater flexibility when setting it up.
The FZ40 Compact can machine steel components quickly and economically on five axes, achieving short throughput times, high availability and precision.
If you haven’t looked at 5-axis machining lately, a lot has changed. Advancements in 5-axis machines, controls and software have made this technology so affordable and easy to use that it can benefit almost any shop.
Finally there is an alternative to ballnose endmills for finishing 3D parts. The combination of finishing tools shaped to provide more cutting surface and a CAM system with the ability to apply them on a five-axis machining center can dramatically reduce finishing cycle times while delivering better surface finishes.
With so many choices in five-axis machining technology, how do you know which is best for your shop? First, consider the parts. Then, look at existing processes and potential five-axis benefits.