Makino's U6 H.E.A.T. Extreme Improves Machining Speed and Performance
Makino’s U6 H.E.A.T. Extreme wire EDM
The machine also features Makino’s HyperDrive Extreme wire control system to improve machining speed and performance. It applies an AC motor tensioning system that expands the range and stability of wire tension, resulting in a reliable threading system for the 0.016" wire. The wire threading system provides jet and jet-less threading modes and can rethread the wire in the gap at a break point when operating with traditional wire sizes.
A machining conditions library has been developed to provide speed, accuracy, surface finish and low wire consumption for both sealed and poor-flush applications. The machine uses dual digital flushing pumps that deliver higher flushing pressure and volume to reduce rough-cut cycle time.
A new breed of power generators for wire EDMs has options for reducing, even eliminating, one of the unwanted side effects of this very versatile metalcutting 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.
A shop specializing in wire EDM for large mold components now offers EDM “turning” of small, intricate parts. Despite the potential risks involved in early adoption of new technologies, the shop believes this practice gives it a leg-up on the competition and lets it gain experience with alternative machining techniques before offering them to customers.