Long-Travel Machining Centers Reduce Setups
IMTS 2018: Pratic’s Pia-series long-travel machine provides four-axis linkage processing for aluminum cutting.
Designed for aluminum cutting, Pratic’s PIA-series long-travel machine is also suitable for four-axis milling and drilling of large parts or multiple small parts in copper and other metals. Capability to machine four sides in one clamping is said to reduce error and improve efficiency. Also available is an extra-travel machine that’s said to be useful for automotive parts like luggage racks, sunproof guiderails, decorative frames, front and back bumpers, and pedals.
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.
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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.