This CNC feature imports a 3D solid model from which operators can perform conversational-type programming even for five-sided machining applications.
Neuman & Esser uses their eight-year-old Droop+Rein from Starrag as a “workhorse” for complete machining.
IMTS Spark: Starrag’s STC-MTV five-axis multitasking HMCs are designed for hard metal machining in such sectors as aerospace and oil and gas.
YCM’s DCV2018A-5AX machining center, part of the Aero series, is designed to provide high speed and efficiency for aerospace applications.
The company will unveil its latest CNC machine tools, integrated automation systems, turnkey engineering services and Internet of Things solutions.
CNC machines can do more than we think. They are automation platforms for insourcing.
The MB 450U bridge-type machining center from Methods Machine Tools performs simultaneous five-axis work thanks to its FANUC control.
Additive manufacturing is realizing its promise for scale production during the coronavirus period, but machining is an essential downstream capacity need that has to be expanded to keep up.
Through patient research and smart investing, this job shop has slowly grown its capabilities and is moving toward lights-out manufacturing for prototype work.
By maximizing employee satisfaction, adding fabrication and other services, and always keeping open machine capacity, Square Deal has grown from a seven-person job shop to a full-service manufacturer that employs hundreds.
Finding a way to fixture contoured marine propellers proved to be this shop’s biggest challenge in developing an effective automated machining cell.
Growing involvement in producing multi-blade aerospace parts made of superalloys presented Pietro Rosa with some machining challenges. Starrag’s LX 021 five-axis VMC helped the shop achieve tight tolerances and integrated production.
Machining is a complement to AM as a means of finishing metal 3D printed parts. The increasing adoption of AM for production means more need for postprocessing, particularly machining.
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on five-axis machining technologies.
The 5-Axis Live! event drew some 150 customers to visit exhibits from partnering suppliers taken in machine demonstrations.
NRL & Associates’ business plan relies on using multi-pallet machines for unattended machining, so when two of its customers increased production of ventilators, the shop quickly brought in a new multi-pallet machine and automation system to meet the demand.
“Methods' established distribution organization, vast network of technology centers and dealers, and first-class applications expertise will help increase OKK presence in North America,” says OKK.
Modern Machine Shop editors routinely visit machining facilities to report on shops that are succeeding. Here is what our editors found on seven recent shop visits, all related to using labor more efficiently.
The FH630SX-i horizontal machining center from JTEKT Toyoda Americas is said to achieve complex part machining and multi-surface processing in one setup by combining high torque and simultaneous five-axis machining.
Takumi USA has introduced the U800 five-axis machine to the U series, which was developed to achieve high performance for die/mold, aerospace and other high-speed applications that require tighter tolerances.
The V-Mill 600.5X five-axis CNC VMC from Kaast Machine Tools uses a massive gantry structure consisting of a base frame, double racks and stable crossbeam to ensure rigidity and cutting performance, the company says