Five-Axis Wire EDM Provides Quality Finishes
The workpiece mounting table is constructed from hardened stainless steel. It is designed to ease accessibility and work as a standard clamping system to reduce setup time. It can also accommodate most commercial fixturing systems, the company says. To simplify wire handling, the EDM is equipped with an annealing, fully automatic wire threading system with a tip-disposal unit. The servo-controlled, wire threading technology, combined with multi-detectors, is said to increase the automatic wire threading system’s speed and reliability
Electrical discharge machines, both wire and ram type, have undergone rapid improvements in capability, economical operation, speed and flexibility. New applications are continually emerging as shops discover the advantages of this process.
The promise of running a wire EDM for long stretches without much operator attention is enticing, but many shops never manage to pull this off. Here are tips to make it happen, as offered by Mark Cicchetti, EDM technical director for Absolute Machine Tool’s Accutex EDM product line.
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.