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SW BA Space3 and BA W06 Target EV Machining Needs

SW says its BA Space3 and BA W06 machining centers feature optimizations for taking on difficult EV machining processes.

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A press photo of the latest version of SW's BA W06 horizontal machining center

Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (SW) has released its BA space3 and BA W06 to support the unique challenges of EV manufacturing.

SW says machining large structural components like battery housings from light metal is one of EV manufacturing’s biggest challenges, but also says the BA space3 is optimized for this task. The machine features a working range of 3,000 x 1,800 x 875 mm on the X-, Y- and Z-axes, respectively. On each of these axes, the HSK 63 spindle can reach a rapid traverse of 120 m/min, with a chip-to-chip time of 4 – 4.25 seconds.

The BA space3 also excels through the flexibility of its five-axis version and the dynamism of the three-axis, rigid-spindle version. The distance to the rotary table is 165 – 1,040 mm for the five-axis version and 425 – 1,300 mm for the three-axis variant.

The BA W06 is a four- to five-axis horizontal machining center specializing in high-volume machining of large nonferrous components like aluminum gearbox housings and shock towers. Its rapid traverse reaches up to 120 m/min on the X-, Y- and Z-axes, and the latest version reduced chip-to-chip time by 10%. The BA W06 uses SW's signature Monoblock construction, which means the machine is built like a cube for increased rigidity and stability.

The latest BA W06 features variable spindle distance of 590.00 mm – 651.00 mm, with Y- and Z-axis travel of 630 and 510 mm, respectively. The "jerk" in both G1 and G0 (the feed drives of the Y-axis) is mapped to a maximum overshoot value of 0.004 mm.

Customers can equip the BA W06 with large HSK 100 spindles that accommodate larger tools. SW says synchronous motor spindle capability pairs well with these larger tools and proves useful in machining stator housing bores in drive units for electric vehicles.

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