A new five-axis version of the existing Makino Slim3n VMC focuses on the high-volume production of complex parts. Complete with optional automatic twin-pallet changer (APC), availability of the Japanese-built machine in the UK and Ireland is through sole agent NCMT.
The production centre is FEA-optimised with a fixed 600 x 400 mm table to maximise the working envelope (500 x 400 x 500 mm) and provide structural rigidity for heavy payloads. In total, the combined maximum weight of the component and fixture is 400 kg. High productivity is courtesy of up to 20 m/min cutting feed rates in all orthogonal axes and 50 m/min rapids.
Notably, the tall machining area makes the VMC not only compact but, according to NCMT, the only machine in its class able to accommodate vertically-oriented fixtures. A short spindle overhang increases the structure’s overall torsional stiffness and reduces vibration to enhance cutting performance.
The Makino HSK-A50 spindle, having constant pre-load, multi-plane balancing and reduced thermal growth, provides rigidity and high-speed running. Two specifications offer 16,000 rpm/15 kW/36 Nm as standard or, optionally, 8000 rpm/18 kW/80 Nm to cater for a wide range of machining applications. The standard 26-pocket magazine of the automatic tool changer with integral door delivers smooth, fast indexing to support high productivity.
In the five-axis version, the Slim3n VMC gains a two-axis CNC rotary table and trunnion arrangement, with a Fanuc Series 0i-MF control providing complex machining possibilities by interpolating up to four CNC axes simultaneously. A four-axis version, with twin drive to the trunnion but without a rotary table, is available for machining heavier components or taking deep roughing cuts.
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