Entry-Level EDM Features Break-Through Detection
IMTS 2018: Methods Machine Tools will display Ocean Technologies’ River 300 EDM drill machine.
Methods Machine Tools will display Ocean Technologies’ compact, entry-level River 300 EDM drill. It features break-through detection and an HP1+ power supply for reduced wear and shorter burn times with low energy consumption.
The machine uses linear guideways and a 100L DI/Filter. The XYZ-axis travels measure 11.8" × 7.9" × 11.8" (300 × 200 × 300 mm). Its W-axis travel measures 13.8" (350 mm). Table dimensions are 13.8" × 9.9" (350 x 250 mm). Maximum workpiece height is 11.8" (300 mm) with workpiece weight capacity at 330 lbs (150 kg).
E-Learning software is featured on the machine, enabling new operators to easily run it while seasoned operators can review particular processes on the fly.
Achieving acceptable tool life and hole quality in a material such as CFRP demands a drill designed with composites in mind.
Most turning centers are equipped with some helpful canned cycles. Fanuc, for example, has three simple, one-pass canned cycles (G90 for turning and boring; G92 for threading; and G94 for facing).
The recipe for best results is simple: Start with a rigid machine, add a high pressure through-the-spindle coolant system, then combine these with the right drill geometry plus the right speeds and feeds.