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.
This shop’s experience of successfully machining a micro aneurysm clip in silicon nitride ceramic points out the need to have CAD, CAM and CNC capability at high resolution—plus the commitment to pull it all together.
Machine tool builders in Korea have been playing a catch-up game for the past decade. A review of current developments in machine tool technology indicates that Korea is rapidly pulling up with manufacturers in Japan, Europe and the United States. The products from Korea closely match their counterparts from other global suppliers in terms of capability and quality.
Matrix Tooling makes injection molds for components that have features you cannot see.