Video of a Really Cool Bar (-Fed Machining Center)
See a five-axis, bar-fed machining center creating a complex sample part complete from barstock.
Bar-fed machining centers are just plain neat. They allow complete, unattended production of all sorts of intricate workpieces out of barstock. The sample part shown in this video, which features a serrated jaw for a medical clamp, was created on a five-axis Willemin-Macodel 408MT machine. The video does a good job of demonstrating the multi-axis movement and backworking capability these atypical machines offer.
After you check out the video, be sure to read about a shop I visited in Florida that uses these machines to produce complex medical components. Read Successfully Feeding the Medical Market.
Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.
The right route starts with the workpiece, but there are many other considerations.
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