Compact five-axis multi-tasking machine

All-round speed of operation is the essence of the new Speedio M300Xd1 30-taper, five-axis mill-turn centre from Brother, which is represented in the UK and Ireland by Whitehouse Machine Tools.The machine is proficient at milling and drilling within a 300 x 440 x 380 mm working envelope and is equally well suited to turning components on the C-axis torque table, which sits on a -30/+120° swivelling A-axis trunnion. Machine shops can produce components up to 450 mm in diameter and weighing up to 75 kg.

Single set-up multi-tasking avoids additional set-ups, promotes high accuracy machining and minimises component handling. All machining takes place in a compact footprint of fractionally over 4 sq m.

Rivalling 40-taper prismatic machining equipment in terms of rigidity and high metal removal rate, the M300Xd1 is more agile and significantly more productive, reports Whitehouse Machine Tools. Furthermore, it typically draws 80% less power, giving it industry-leading environmental performance and low running costs.

The 380 mm Z-axis travel is nearly 25% longer than that of sister Speedio model M300X3, providing the new machine with a larger volume for fixturing components and allowing the application of longer tools up to 250 mm. New also is the ability to specify a 28-tool magazine, rather than one with 22 positions.

Research carried out by Brother indicates that electric and hybrid vehicles will account for more than half of global sales by 2030. With its prismatic machining and turning capability, the M300Xd1 is suitable for the production of complex traction motor cases and other components used in such vehicles. Further target markets include the conventional automotive sector, as well as the valve, roller bearing and medical industries.
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