Mill’s Integral Rotary Axis Allows Turning
Video: Spanish machine tool builder Ibarmia offers a moving column machine that has an interesting table-within-a-table configuration.
Spanish machine tool builder Ibarmia offers a moving column machine that has an interesting table-within-a-table configuration. The main table on its ZVH machines has an integral C-axis rotary table that’s flush with the main one. Combined with the machine’s B-axis tilting head, the rotary table permits full five-axis machining. The rotary table also enables turning operations to be performed on the machine. This video demonstrates both milling and turning being performed on a ZVH machine.
Finally there is an alternative to ballnose endmills for finishing 3D parts. The combination of finishing tools shaped to provide more cutting surface and a CAM system with the ability to apply them on a five-axis machining center can dramatically reduce finishing cycle times while delivering better surface finishes.
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