Kaast's V-Mill 600.5X Provides High Stability for Die/Mold Machining
The V-Mill 600.5X five-axis CNC VMC from Kaast Machine Tools uses a massive gantry structure consisting of a base frame, double racks and stable crossbeam to ensure rigidity and cutting performance, the company says
The V-Mill 600.5X five-axis CNC VMC from Kaast Machine Tools uses a large gantry structure consisting of a base frame, double racks and stable crossbeam to ensure rigidity and cutting performance, the company says. This model also features cooled ballscrews combined with high-quality linear roller guides and a high-speed spindle with ceramic bearings. The 600-mm (23") worktable diameter can support up to 400 kg (880 lbs).
The machine has a T-shaped structure and a matching column base width. The table is independently installed on the base and is fully supported through the entire stroke, enabling high speed along with stability and precision for such applications as mold and die machining. The structural portions of the V-Mill 600.5X are made of stress-relieved and heat-treated cast iron.
The 30-tool magazine provides flexibility for milling and drilling applications. The machine accommodates BT-40 shanks and includes a precision cam drive that achieves ±0.08-mm (0.0032") positioning accuracy. The tool change arm is waterproof, preventing coolant from entering the arm during use. Users also have the option of adding a pallet changer to avoid the downtime associated with part loading and unloading.
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.
A manufacturer that is distinctive for its attention to in-cycle machining productivity describes its efforts to obtain efficiency improvements outside of the machining cycle. The shop’s primary tool is a simple, daily, graphical recap that illustrates when each machine tool was and was not making parts.
Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.