Product Review

May 2018

VMC enables precise five-axis machining

Okuma’s MU-5000V vertical machining center is suited for five-axis, multi-sided machining. The VMC is available with a No. 40 or 50 spindle, providing a configuration for many five-axis jobs. Ballscrew cooling and a rigid left-right mobile trunnion table support high-precision and heavy-duty cutting.

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Heidenhain’s DROs offer useful software features

Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand has released a line of three digital readouts (DROs) with software features and hardware for milling, turning, grinding and boring applications. Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand has released a line of three digital readouts (DROs) with software features and hardware for milling, turning, grinding and boring applications.

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Mazak five-axis HMC mills aluminium for aerospace, superconductors

Mazak’s HCR-5000S five-axis, single-table HMC is designed for efficient small- to mid-sized aluminium component processing. Mazak’s HCR-5000S five-axis, single-table horizontal machining center is designed for efficient small to mid-size aluminium machining for the aerospace and semiconductor industries.

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Castrol metalworking fluids reduce the use of additives and biocides

The new XBB cutting fluid technology from Castrol, however, now maintains constant pH levels and stable conditions for longer than other standard cutting fluids. Metalworking fluids can suffer from bacterial growth and contamination, resulting in a shortened service life. This leads to pH depletion, unpleasant odours, unstable emulsion and poor performance.

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Doosan compact VMC designed for lean manufacturing cells

Able to make aggressive cuts, the VMC is designed for machining small parts in tough-to-machine materials for a range of industries including medical, aerospace, automotive, firearms and die/mold manufacturing. Featuring a 12 000rpm, 18.6kW, 40-taper spindle with 116.6Nm of torque and a standard Big-Plus dual-contact interface, it delivers short cycle times, quality surface finishes and long tool life.

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Four launches for Hurco in its 50th year

Two machining centers and two CNC lathes made their European debuts at the recent MACH 2018 exhibition. The BX50i bridge-type three-axis Hurco machining center is a 13-ton machine with axis travels of 1 350 x 950 x 600mm, giving it a work envelope over twice as large as that of its smaller counterpart. The feedback of axis position is via linear scales.

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The new TruLaser Tube 5000 now also creates threads in tubes

Trumpf integrates an additional process step in its tube-cutting machines. The TruLaser Tube 5000 adapts to the individual production material flow. Two in one: The new TruLaser Tube 5000 integrates the tube and thread cutting processes in one machine, saving time and logistical effort in production.

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OSG Exocarb ADF drills

OSG’s Exocarb ADF drills combines two operations in one for the drilling of inclined surfaces and counter boring applications. The ADF was developed with an “all-purpose” concept for versatility, reliability and quality for flat-bottom holes. Machining a flat hole traditionally required the use of an end mill and a drill. The ADF enables one-step drilling thereby simplifying machining time and tool management.

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Amada’s 3kW Ensis fiber laser machine

This machine was built on the success of the 2kW version with improved cutting speeds and quality. In line with the existing high specification level of the 2kW Ensis, the 3kW machine will also be fitted with an automatic nozzle changer and Amada’s original WACS (Water Assisted Cutting System) for stable thick mild steel processing.

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Kennametal KBH10 – Mastering the challenges of hard turning

KBH10 is an uncoated PcBN turning insert that offers wear resistance and very low cutting forces. As a result, many customers are now enjoying double the tool life together with improved part quality. KBH10, a new breed of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) hard turning insert designed specifically for the challenges of today’s demanding market place.

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Victor CNC 5-axis range tackles parts up to 1.2 metres

The Vcenter AX800 has a swivelling head B-axis and a 25rpm C-axis table located within the fixed table, which can be clamped to resist 3 433 Nm for heavy duty machining. The B-axis has a Hirth coupling that will rotate at increments of 1° and offers precision and repeatability. Both rotary axes have roller-cam drive to deliver “unparalleled rigidity and stiffness”, while shortening cycle times, when compared to conventional worm gear mechanisms.

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Tungaloy expands its TungCap programme for small part machining in CNC lathes

Tungaloy is expanding its TungCap family of PSC quick change tooling system, ensuring high productivity and precision machining for CNC lathes and multi-task machines, to include cutting heads and clamping units in C3, C4 coupling size. More manufacturers producing small parts for automotive and aerospace industries are incorporating a modular quick change tooling system in their CNC lathes to further improve productivity.

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Colchester launch new generation of Typhoon CNC turning centers

As part of the new brand launch at MACH 2018, Colchester Machine Tool Solutions have launched the new range of Colchester Typhoon CNC turning centers. Colchester Machine Tool Solutions demonstrated both linear and box-way Typhoon models at the show. The new Typhoon series introduces Colchester’s next generation in CNC turning, following on from the highly successful Tornado range.

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Iscar indexable tools challenge solid carbide for small diameters

Rotating one-piece solid carbide tools traditionally dominate the market for diameter ranges of up to 20mm and indexable tool manufacturers have not yet succeeded in penetrating this solid stronghold. Several important factors contribute to the historical perception of solid carbide as a better bet for tooling reliability. Solid carbide tool accuracy compares favourably with that of indexable tools.

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Renishaw’s SFP2, a new, improved surface finish measurement probe for use with the Revo 5-axis measurement system on CMMs

The SFP2 probe increases the surface finish measurement ability of the Revo system, which offers a multi-sensor capability providing touch-trigger, high-speed tactile scanning and non-contact vision measurement on a single CMM. Combining surface finish measurement and dimensional inspection on the CMM presents unrivalled advantages over traditional inspection methods.

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Studer introduces a new CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine to the market

The Favorit is for those that thought Studer was out of their budget. Studer has expanded its product portfolio and introduced a new machine to the market – the Favorit, with a centre distance of 1 600mm. If you believe that a large Studer machine will exceed your budget, have a look at the Favorit. This machine, top in price and performance, can be used universally and thanks to the centre distance of 1 600mm can also handle long workpieces.

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Vero Software’s Edgecam 2018 R1 release

Vero Software’s Edgecam 2018 R1 release includes updates that are designed to prevent unnecessary CAM regeneration and save time on roughing cycles for milling, turning and MTM. This version of the software does not automatically regenerate the remaining instructions when a user makes an edit to an existing command.

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Hexagon’s CMM offered in four capability packages

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Global S coordinate measuring machine (CMM) series can be customised for specific inspection work and changing manufacturing objectives. Four capability packages focused on productivity drivers are available: Throughput, Precision, Multi-Purpose and Shop-Floor. Built on the company’s Enhanced Productivity Series (EPS) concept, the CMM uses smart technologies and sensor configurations to streamline the creation, execution and analysis of measurement routines.

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Flexible Flow Mach 200 waterjet

The Mach 200 is specifically engineered to affordably meet waterjet applications from stone to carbon fiber. With the Mach 200, Flow has introduced a new cutting head technology: Pivot+ Waterjet for bevel cutting and taper control. Featuring the all new Pivot+ Waterjet cutting head, the Mach 200 provides capabilities not previously available on Flow’s economical Mach 2 waterjet systems. The modern electrical system improves reliability of the overall system.

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Yaskawa Motoman welding robot provides extra long reach

“It is the longest robot arm designed for arc welding,” said a company spokesperson. Available in floor, wall or ceiling-mounted configurations and suitable for multiple robot layouts, the MA3120 has been improved over the previous MA3100 model robot with twice the payload, longer reach and improved through arm wrist design for arc welding.

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Kitamura Mycenter-2XD Sparkchanger

Kitamura Machinery, a manufacturer of precision horizontal, vertical and 5-axis machining centers, has introduced its latest vertical machining center (VMC), the Mycenter-2XD Sparkchanger. It is designed to be a compact, powerful, all-in-one solution for fast, accurate simultaneous 3-axis machining. “With a host of value-driven performance features, Kitamura’s Mycenter-2XD Sparkchanger is the ideal machine for high production machining,” said a company spokesperson.

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Mobile job costing and quoting software – TurboTime

Using tablet selfies and QR codes. As a business owner, you know your monthly expenses (raw materials, salaries, rent etc.), but not many know how these expenses are broken down so they can be allocated to individual tasks. Do you ever wonder when you have finished a project, if you have made a reasonable profit, a decent profit or no profit at all?

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March 2018

Divide and conquer with latest Sandvik parting-off tools

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new blade for its CoroCut QD parting-off system, which in combination with new process methodology, substantially improves the tool’s stability by realigning the resultant cutting force. Among numerous benefits available to the customer are improved productivity, enhanced surface quality and reduced noise levels.

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Innovative 3D control for DMG MORI’s universal machines

With the launch of the CLX, CMX V and CMX U series at the AMB 2016, DMG MORI now offers a variety of high-performance, attractive universal machines with an extensive range of equipment options that will impress users in numerous industries. Both at the hardware level as well as when it comes to control and software features, DMG MORI continues to further develop the successful models, which are manufactured in Poland and Italy.

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Turning inserts for machines with limited cutting parameters

Walter has introduced two insert grades in its Perform line of turning tools, the WPV10 and WPV20. They are designed to be versatile, cost-effective inserts for users whose machines are limited in cutting parameters due to stability and performance, and who need a versatile insert that can handle different materials, as well as for those who machine small or medium batch sizes.

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Okuma introduces the new MU-8000V Laser EX, additive technology, super multitasking CNC machine

Okuma has introduced the MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking CNC machine, combining the latest laser additive technology with subtractive manufacturing capabilities. It’s the ultimate process-intensive machine that enables complete part production on one machine.

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TaeguTec’s indexable gundrill, deep drilling heads with unique trigonal insert

Drilling deep into any material can be a challenge that is best answered by the right cutting tool. TaeguTec’s indexable gundrill and deep drilling heads with its unique trigonal insert evacuates chips without damaging the surface finish and delivers coolant directly onto the material while also offering accuracy, repeatability, an excellent surface finish and minimises cycle times.

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Mazak Variaxis i-300 simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center features auto work changer

Recently the demand for automation systems for small, complex workpieces, such as those found in the medical equipment and aerospace industries, for the production of a wide variety of parts in small lot sizes is increasing. Yamazaki Mazak has developed the Variaxis i-300 AWC in response to this increasing demand based on Mazak FMS production expertise accumulated over many years.

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Yaskawa innovation. Motoman ArcWorld V3: Patented turnkey, robot based portable arc welding cell

With the new ArcWorld V3, Yaskawa adds a further chapter to the successful track record of its ArcWorld robot based arc welding cell. The model features a small footprint, short delivery times and a high degree of flexibility. Additionally, the robot, positioner, controller and energy source are combined on one platform. If necessary, the robot cell can be relocated quickly and easily.

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Heidenhain’s monitoring system connects control with PCs, mobile devices

Heidenhain’s StateMonitor connects the company’s TNC controls with PC systems to enable users to view data and evaluate control processes remotely and in real time. It is designed to highlight data usage and timesaving workflow methods as well as provide transparent processes. Users can configure the system per project requirements and use it as needed.

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Tungaloy’s face mills adjustable insert pockets reduce axial runout

Tungaloy is expanding its TFE series of face milling cutters for finishing applications to include bodies with adjustable insert pockets. Tungaloy is expanding its TFE series of face milling cutters for finishing applications to include bodies with adjustable insert pockets. The cutters are said to help achieve near-zero axial runout for good surface finishing results.

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Doosan two-spindle vertical machining center doubles capacity

Doosan Machine Tools has announced the addition of the DMP 500/2SP to its line of vertical machining centers. Doosan Machine Tools has announced the addition of the DMP 500/2SP to its line of vertical machining centers. Equipped with two spindles and two automatic toolchangers (ATCs), this model is designed for production job shops and high-volume parts manufacturers.

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A new look for gear milling – Iscar

Technology and its products are often causative: A technology might be applied to develop more effective and intelligent products, which in turn can play an important role in advancing that technology. This interrelationship may be observed in metalworking. Over the last few years, leading-edge technology has resulted in multitasking machine tools and machining centers with impressive working possibilities.

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TruLaser 2030 fiber: Compact powerhouse for laser cutting

Easy entry to laser cutting. High productivity at low investment and operating costs. Intuitive operation reduces amount of training needed. Trumpf has launched the TruLaser 2030 fiber. Its intuitive operation, low investment and operating costs make it particularly suitable for the needs of businesses starting out in laser cutting. Equipped with up to four kilowatts of laser power, it is remarkably productive.

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Widia’s Victory VSM490-10 and VSM490-15 series productivity booster in true 90° shoulder milling

The ultimate shoulder milling solution for step-down applications has now been launched by Widia. The new VSM490 Series of Widia indexable insert cutting tools eliminates finishing operations and improves productivity when machining a wide variety of materials.

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HSG Laser fiber laser cutting machines and tube profile cutting machines

HSG Laser is a high-tech enterprise that is dedicated to providing laser equipment solutions to customers all over the world. The company focuses on the field of intelligent laser manufacturing equipment with the concept of efficient, environmental and compatible product development. HSG has expanded all over the world, selling its highly technological machinery in over 70 countries.

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Haas Modular Mini-Mill – the next generation 40-taper compact machine

The new Modular Mini Mill from Haas Automation provides an economical solution for small parts machining for new start business, as a valuable addition for anyone needing a “second-op” machine, or to free up existing machine capacity. With a capacity of 406mm x 305mm x 254mm (XYZ) and a standard 10 tool ATC, Haas has packed 40-taper performance into a small footprint CNC machine and features all you need to start cutting metal.

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Sumitomo AC8000P series grades for steel turning

New from Sumitomo is the AC8000P series grades for steel turning that feature advanced Absotech platinum CVD Coating for longer tool life and overall cost reduction in steel cutting. For exceptional performance, the AC8000P Series consists of a patented CVD coating, a new surface layer, and a smooth surface treatment from the crystal orientation process.

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Amada Acies-AJ punching and fiber laser cutting combination machine

Eco-friendly continuous operation system. As an addition to the Acies combination series (originally with a CO2 laser source), the Acies-AJ, with a servo-electric drive and fiber laser technology, is characterised by cut quality, speed and energy efficiency. This machine is equipped with several functions to realise long-term, continuous operation.

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Automated sheet metal handling and sorting for laser cutting – Bystronic

Swiss sheet metalworking equipment manufacturer, Bystronic, has developed a new loading and unloading system, ByTrans Cross, for its fiber laser cutting machines. It offers users full automation for producing long runs of components while retaining the flexibility of manual handling for fulfilling smaller jobs.

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KCSM40 is Kennametal’s new indexable milling grade

Called KCSM40, the company has taken the toughness of its most popular milling grades KC725M and X500, and increased the thermal crack resistance and wear resistance that will enable customers to machine at higher cutting speeds, without sacrificing that original toughness. The grade has an advance cobalt binder that provides exceptional thermal fatigue resistance, without sacrificing the toughness customers have experienced with KC725M or X500.

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Durma AD-S Series CNC Synchro press brake

The Durma AD-S Series CNC Synchro press brake is available in up to 11 axis configurations. It is a machine truly designed to decrease setup time. The powerful, yet simple control will automatically calculate the bend sequence, bend angle, back gauge retraction, bend allowance and features collision protection. The ram positioning system allows real time monitoring and complete control of all ram speeds, positions and pause times.

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Yimeng VT-350-5X – a 5-axis machining center

The Yimeng VT-350-5X is a 5-axis machining center featuring 5-axis simultaneous machining, making the machine ideal for complicated parts machining with a single setup. And it’s affordable. The optimised structure design and robust column and base ensure outstanding stability during machining. The machine has linear motion guides on the XYZ axis. The rapid traverse rates on XYZ axis reach 48m/min.

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Fanuc RoboDrill machining center α-DIB5

Fanuc has launched its latest RoboDrill series, which the company is billing as the strongest and quickest range of vertical machining centers on the market. The α-DiB5 series represents automated vertical machining technology for milling, drilling and tapping applications, incorporating a network interface, preventative maintenance and machine learning capabilities, and Fanuc’s CNC drives and servos.

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Mitsubishi M800 EDM control displays various information in a single view

The M800 EDM control is included with Mitsubishi wire EDMs to increase productivity and help keep track of production jobs. The control uses rotational and tilting functionality while providing job monitoring and important information in a single view. A touch screen enables the user to swipe, pinch and tap to view.

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January 2018

Sandvik Coromant CoroDrill® 880 CVD diamond-coated insert grades offer superior aluminium drilling

In order to overcome the challenges of chip formation and evacuation when drilling non-ferrous metals, cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled its CoroDrill® 880 CVD diamond-coated insert grades, GCN124 and GCN134.

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Hypertherm announces major overhaul of its Design2Fab sheet metal layout software

This new version is the most significant Design2Fab update since the software was acquired in 2004. It features an entirely new interface and powerful tools like an advanced modeling engine for its 3D geometric renderings. Better graphics, fluid movement, and real-time updates are just a few of the benefits end users will see.

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New drive design: Hurco improves lathe performance

Hurco has now optimised the drives on its TMX 10MYi lathe: the main spindle drive has been changed from a belt drive to a motor spindle. This reduces braking and acceleration times for the main spindle, and also makes the risk of the drive belt slipping a thing of the past. The TMX 10MYi lathe is ideally suited for processing workpieces made from bar material and for processing sawn workpieces in the chuck.

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Kennametal expands the Mill 16 face mill platform by introducing new cutter body styles, new insert geometries and grades, and a split case design for large diameter bodies that reduces spindle bearing loads

Kennametal’s Mill 16 face mill is designed to tackle tough cast iron applications. The Mill 16 has a fine-pitch and medium-pitch cutter body equipped with a single-screw, wedge-style clamping system.

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GF Machining Solutions Form E 350 die sink EDM has small footprint

GF Machining Solutions’ compact FORM E 350 machine is a die sinking EDM solution for small shops. Even with its small footprint, the machine still boasts several design and performance features that enhance a shop’s competitive advantage. A sturdy C-axis construction, cross table, and cast-iron frame offer high stability and force reduction, which helps maintain a precise spark gap between the part and the electrode.

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Complete and versatile programme of solid carbide end mills – Mitsubishi Materials MSTAR range

The demands of today’s metal cutting world has ensured that advances in materials, coatings and geometry of end mills designed for specialist applications such as hard material milling surpasses not just the performance levels of the recent past, but the expectations of the engineers at the sharp end of production.

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Okuma introduces new entry-level vertical machining center for 5-axis operations

Made in Japan and based on Okuma’s best-selling machining center MU-400VII, the new next-generation vertical machining center Genos M460V-5AX enables full 5-face machining for increased geometrical accuracy, fewer set-ups and reduced lead-times. If no 5-axis simultaneous machining is required, the machine can be operated like a 3-axis machining center.

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Strong drive, careful handling – Amada LC-2415 ALPHA V

While the ALPHA series used to emphasise process safety and material protection anyway, the further development of the fifth generation takes it up a notch. The powerful 3,5kW oscillator comes together with the user friendly controller AMNC3i, for the digital interconnection of different manufacturing systems, such as bending, welding and of course laser systems in the sphere of IoT.

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OSG VP(O)-DC-MT taps

Taps are used to cut screw threads on the internal surfaces of holes, creating the “female” half (nut) of the screw. High precision is of vital importance, particularly in areas such as automotive engines, which require precision screws. OSG offers a lineup of taps with diameters in various sizes and with specifications suitable for a wide variety of uses. OSG’s VP(O)-DC-MT taps are one of the industry leading taps for processing threads in cast iron, ductile iron and cast aluminium.

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Mazak adds new machines and features to its multi-tasking Integrex i range

At EMO 2017 Yamazaki Mazak debuted two machines from its acclaimed Integrex series of Multi-Tasking machines. The first machine the Integrex i-500 is specifically designed to further extend the capacity of its highly successful i-series, and meet the growing demand for larger workpiece sizes. The i-500 features a large machining envelope and boasts increased X- and Y-axis capacity.

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Reaming right – Widia’s new disc-style carbide-tipped reamer offers modular flexibility and top of the line performance

The three keys to hole quality are diametral accuracy, form and position, and surface finish. Boring tools are the undisputed king in all of these areas, but they’re also one of the slowest methods of hole finishing, and in most cases are limited to 10:1 depth to diameter ratios or less.

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Radan 2018 R1 focuses on CAD/CAM and Industry 4.0

Vero Software have released its Radan 2018 R1 software that is geared to help sheet-metal manufacturers implement Industry 4.0 smart factories. The release includes a number of items of new and enhanced functionality, focusing on the engineering of parts processes. Developers are now working on separating Radan into two distinct aspects: Traditionally creating NC code to drive CNC machines and engineering of parts.

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DMG MORI Lasertec Shape – Unique products thanks to laser texturing

With the innovative Lasertec Shape technology, DMG MORI has set new standards in the mould making sector. The laser texturing of geometrically defined surface structures is more environmentally friendly than conventional etching and provides significant design freedom with at the same time highest reproducibility.

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Bystronic gives emphasis to remote maintenance

Bystronic is focusing even more clearly on customer requirements. Bystronic’s range of services is comprehensive and includes consulting and support during the installation of new or replacement machines, regular servicing and maintenance, a helpline and rapid support using remote maintenance solutions, updates and upgrades, but also instruction and training for the customers’ operators and staff.

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Taegutec – Making the hard easy with HardMill end mills

Rule number one when machining high hardness materials is the harder the material, the greater the demands placed on the cutting tool. To mitigate the negative effects on cutting tools brought on by reduced cycle times, TaeguTec’s HardMill, a solid carbide end mill is dedicated towards high-speed machining of high hardness materials.

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Focus CNC linear way series CNC lathes with Syntec controls

For close to 20 years Taiwanese machine tool manufacturer Focus CNC has been building CNC multi-spindle bar automatics, multi-spindle chucking automatics, single spindle bar automatics, single spindle chucking automatics and turning centers. Among the product range is the FCL linear way series of CNC lathes that range between 290mm and 700mm cutting lengths.

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Tongtai’s milling and tapping centers – VTX series

Tongtai says its VTX series is the fastest CNC milling and tapping center in its class for high volume, high precision machining needs. The compact size consumes very little valuable floor space while the blazing speed will deliver more parts per hour than the competition. The machine is a fixed column/moving table type design.

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Doosan Puma 2600SY Mk II offers many benefits on previous range

The next-generation Y-axis, sub-spindle 10-in chuck Doosan Puma 2600SY Mk II box guideway turning center series is now available. This series replaces the Puma 2600SY (Mark 1) and features a whole host of technology improvements and enhancements – all designed to make the machines more accurate, more productive and more reliable.

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BLM LS5 and LC5 for sheet and tube laser cutting, with CO2 or fiber laser options

Multiple versions of the BLM LS5 and LC5 for sheet cutting, from 1 500 by 3 000mm to 2 000 by 6 000mm, are available with the possibility of fitting longitudinal or transversal pallet changer systems. A complete range of automation systems, including loading/unloading systems and/or tower pallet storage systems, is available for all.

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Durma’s AD-R series of press brakes

The AD-R series utilises the same frame as the Durma top range models and offers greater daylight (530mm), stroke (265mm) and throat depth (410mm) than the previous models. Bending lengths vary from 1 250mm on the 1260 model to 6 050mm on the 60400 model. Respective bending forces are 60 and 400 tons. The speed of movement through the axes is also much improved and new CNC control options complete the upgraded package.

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Heidenhain’s LIP 6000 linear encoder system

Heidenhain’s LIP 6000 is a miniature, exposed linear encoder system capable of resolving to 2nm at high traverse speeds up to 240m/min over long scale lengths to a maximum of 3 040mm. Consisting of a scanning unit and glass scale, the LIP 6000 was developed to have large mounting tolerances, automatic signal adjustment, a small interpolation error of ± 3nm and a very low noise level of 1 nm RMS.

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Sumitomo AC1030U turning insert is for small part machining

Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal’s AC1030U turning insert is targeted at high precision small workpiece machining that covers a wide range of material types where improved levels of surface finish are required. AC1030U inserts can be used for both turning and grooving of smaller inner diameter bores on workpieces produced from alloy, stainless and heat resistant steels, pure iron, mild steels as well as non-ferrous materials where chip control is difficult to manage.

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Renishaw’s four-laser additive system improves productivity

The system is said to offer a reduction in cost per part while maintaining the quality and precision offered by standard single-laser systems. By speeding up the process, the company hopes to broaden the utilisation of metal additive manufacturing into applications that are presently uneconomic, potentially into industries that have not yet embraced AM in production applications.

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November 2017

OSG’s CC or Control Chip tap series designed specifically for stainless steel

OSG’s CC or Control Chip series is a range of taps that are designed specifically for stainless steel. These taps offer 16mm 2D tapping lengths, Ø 6.8 hole sizes, 8 m/min tapping speeds, and M8 x 1.25 interior thread size. The CC series is chamfer designed to form the most optimal chip shape for easy evacuation and flute designed to make sure that no chips are congested.

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Hurco shows just how CNC machining centers can further improve your performance by adding a rotary table as a fourth axis

At EMO 2017 Hurco demonstrated how 3-axis CNC machining centers in its VMXi series can further improve your milling performance with the addition of a Kitagawa GT 200 rotary table as a fourth axis. Hurco is sure that the highly efficient machining centers in its VMXi series will help increase profitability, especially when it comes to one-off part or small series production.

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Okuma introduces smart factory solution

Okuma introduced its solution for the smart production called Connect Plan at EMO Hannover 2017. Connect plan is a complete solution that enables advanced factory visualisation, data processing and analysis as well as predictive maintenance. According to Okuma, the solution was created to maximise the potential of production facilities by increasing productivity and flexibility.

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Mitsubishi Electric introduces MV-R Connect wire cutting machines with new-generation control

Mitsubishi Electric unveiled two wire cutting machines with a new control and simplified operation at EMO 2017. A new option that displays the output of numeric values as easy-to-read graphics – much like in an aircraft’s cockpit – is now available.

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DMG MORI CNC sliding-head multi-spindle autos launched

DMG MORI has combined the speed of multi-spindle automatic turn-milling with the versatility of sliding-headstock (Swiss-type) technology to launch two new machines with up to 41 CNC axes at this year’s EMO machine tool show. The multis are manufactured at the group’s recently remodernised Gildemeister Italiana factory in Brembate di Sopra, Italy.

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Mitsubishi Materials MS6015 – New insert grade for turning small parts

To improve performance when conducting small part machining, Mitsubishi Materials has now introduced a new insert grade to its comprehensive precision turning line-up. Ideal for sliding head turning centers and intricate machining, the new MS6015 grade is the insert of choice for carbon and free cutting steels.

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Takisawa Taiwan shows its turn-mill strength at EMO 2017

The new MX-800 twin-spindle twin-turret turning center is constructed on a horizontal box-type base to minimise thermal deviation, thus ensuring machining accuracy, as well as increasing the distance of the X, Y and Z axes’ linear guideways to guarantee stability. The linear guideways also permit high-speed cycles to further boost productivity.

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Integrated dressing with wire erosion – Studer-WireDress®

With Studer-WireDress® Fritz Studer AG brings a brand new dressing device to the market, which uses the wire erosion principle and is completely integrated into the grinding machine and its control system. The grinding wheel never has to be removed for dressing. Thanks to the high proportion of grain space, the wheel is very free cutting.

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Widia’s solid carbide Top Drill S 45x

Users of Widia’s TDS-series drilling solution are already familiar with its performance in steel, cast iron, and non-ferrous alloys. Now those shops that routinely drill stainless steel and superalloys can enjoy its benefits as well, with a new drill that takes proven holemaking technology and kicks it one step further. It’s called TDS45x, and it’s going to drastically improve how aerospace, medical, oil and gas, and other manufacturing operators that make holes in tough materials.

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New tool holders offer firm grip on progress – Sandvik Coromant

PrimeTurning™ now accessible on multi-task machines and VTLs. Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new range of CoroTurn® Prime multi-task and axial type tool holders to help machine shops implement the new PrimeTurning™ methodology, which enables turning in all directions.

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Hypertherm expands availability of FlushCut consumables to more Powermax air plasma systems

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, has introduced the availability of FlushCut consumables for more Powermax plasma systems. These new consumables are designed to work at 45 amps on Powermax45 XP, 65, 85, and 105 systems.

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The new Industry 4.0 way to connect with Iscar

Iscar offers several Industry 4.0 standard digital tools, which enable accessing data and making machining calculations easy and readily available. Download Iscar’s best cutting tool recommendations and cutting data from anywhere and at any time. The Iscar Tool Advisor (ITA) will automatically calculate the preferred cutting tools for the job.

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Mazak debuts five new vertical machining centers at EMO 2017

One of the stand-out machines on display will be the VTC 800/30SR, a UK-built machine capable of full 5-axis contouring equipped, for the first time, with SmoothX CNC. The machine, which is aimed at the general subcontracting, aerospace and automotive markets, has a vertical travelling column construction, ideally suited to the machining of extremely long and heavy workpieces.

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New ceramic grades for high temperature alloy machining – TaeguTec

Both the TC3020 and TC3030 ceramic grades are suitable for high temperature alloy machining where difficult-to-cut materials such as Inconel, rene and titanium are used. These ceramic grades are characterised by their excellent toughness and anti-chipping capabilities making them the best choice for both interrupted and continuous machining.

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September 2017

High-feed face mill speeds up productivity

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new high-feed version of the CoroMill® 745 face milling cutter, featuring a 25° entering angle for additional productivity gains when milling steel and cast iron workpieces. The new high-feed version facilitates even higher metal removal rates (MRR) in applications with depths of cut up to 2.8mm.

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SigmaTEK Systems releases SigmaNEST X1.3 and SigmaTUBE X1

SigmaTEK Systems has released the latest version of their software, SigmaNEST X1.3. The new release offers new features and significant improvements, which is part of SigmaTEK’s on-going commitment to delivering elegant software through continuous innovation.

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New Flow Mach 500 waterjet cutting system

Flow has released its Mach 500, an entirely new waterjet system marking the arrival of a new industry standard, the company says. The Mach 500 combines the latest in machine architecture and waterjet cutting technology with comprehensive service and support programmes.

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Manufacturing of precision parts in three steps – Takumi

At the EMO Hannover 2017, Hurco will be showcasing its powerful CNC machining centers and high-speed portal machines from the Takumi H-series brand. The centers are equipped with the Win-Max conversational control system, with optional DXF. The control system software simplifies programming and reportedly achieves the setup for producing precision parts in just three steps.

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Universal five-sided machining of large-volume moulds – Kao Ming

The KMC SR-H series features a vertical spindle as well as an automatically interchangeable 90°-angle milling head. Various milling heads are available for expanding the possible applications, for example an extended vertical milling head for deep dipping into the workpiece or the 30° milling head for die and mold construction.

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Solutions for the intelligent machine – Buffalo Machinery

Increasing demands are being made on the machine tool industry as regards digitalisation, higher reliability and failure prevention. The company has set itself the goal of manufacturing intelligent machines with high quality and cutting-edge technology that fully meet the requirements of Industry 4.0.

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Longer tap life, short cycle times – Tapmatic

The Synchro-Flex tap holders for synchronised tapping utilise a special flexure that provides excellent micro axial compensation. The devices are claimed to improve thread quality and tap life by 100 per cent and more. A high-pressure, high-volume internal coolant is standard for capacities M1 to M48.

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Prima Power’s Laser Next 2130

Hot stamped parts are increasingly replacing traditional metal formed parts in automotive frame design and this trend is confirmed also for the next years. These components play in fact a fundamental role in reducing vehicle weight, and consequently fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and keeping overall strength to grant 5-star safety ratings.

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Ermaksan Powerbend Pro 4-Axes CNC press brake with knee gap

Ermaksan says the Powerbend Pro 4-Axes CNC press brake is a perfect solution which gives cost and work area advantages to customers whom work with thin and small parts up to 1 270mm. Its ergonomic design by knee-gap, seater, work-desk and height adjustable CNC pendant arm provides comfortable working environment for the operator.

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Gear skiving machines with direct-drive tables handle high workpiece speeds – Liebherr

These machines are rigid and equipped with powerful spindles and direct-drive tables to handle high workpiece speeds. The drive works with an automatic control that is said to maintain optimal parameters. The machines are supplied on a turnkey basis with individual clamping fixtures for each workpiece. A ring loader is the machine’s standard workpiece changing device.

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Trumpf introduces its Highspeed and Highspeed Eco nozzles

Trumpf has introduced its Highspeed and Highspeed Eco nozzles, which are designed to boost feed rate for solid-state laser machines that employ fusion cutting with nitrogen. The newly designed nozzle boosts the feed rate by up to 100 per cent for solid-state laser machines that employ fusion cutting with nitrogen. What’s more, laser power does not need to be increased.

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HMC for complex large part machining – Kitamura

Kitamura’s new Mycenter-HX800G horizontal machining center delivers precision, accuracy and repeatability required to produce close tolerance parts from the toughest of materials, says the company. Consistent accuracies of ±0.002mm/Full Stroke and ±0.001mm repeatability are guaranteed, says the company. Net weight of the machine is 28 400 kilograms.

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Modular heads for changeable end mill system

Tungaloy Corp. has expanded its TungMeister changeable-head endmill system. The latest addition involves a new modular head line of TungForce-Rec, miniature shoulder milling cutter series. TungForce-Rec features a V-shaped insert, designed to avoid insert movement under high centrifugal force, while delivering excellent machining reliability even when used at a high metal removal rate, according to the company.

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Wire EDM series with intuitive HMIs – AgieCharmilles Cut P Series

GF Machining Solutions’ new AgieCharmilles Cut P Series of wire EDMs provides users precise positioning and contouring capabilities for high part quality and productivity. The Cut P 350/550/800/1250 machines feature efficient power generators, robust designs and intuitive human-machine interfaces (HMIs) as well as several automation options for lights-out operation.

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The KM™ system from Kennametal

Quick-change modular tooling is a clear way to increase productivity, shorten setup time, and generally improve the bottom line for job shops and large manufacturers alike. The KM™ system from Kennametal has been a top performer in this area for over three decades, and is known throughout the industry for its high clamping strength and consistent accuracy in both spindle-mounted and static tooling applications.

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OSG’s S-Tap series

OSG’s S-Tap series, made from HSSE-V3 material, is an affordable range suited for most tapping applications. A general purpose tap with a steam oxide finish the S-Tap series chip evacuation is accelerated with the patented variable lead flute. OSG has also recently increased the S-Tap series from four lines (S-SFT Metric and Metric Fine and S-POT Metric and Metric Fine) to 32 lines, which now include 6G and 7G tolerance taps, Form E taps and left hand taps.

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New ChaseHepta lowers the force to increase productivity

With the increasing popularity of small machining centers, TaeguTec has launched a new single-sided, positive seven-corner insert line that generates less cutting force. As the new offering in TaeguTec’s milling line, the ChaseHepta insert generates low cutting force, achieves smooth machining and greater economy due to its seven corner and helical cutting edges.

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The Whitney 12 kW fiber laser

When you’re in the business of laser cutting thick pieces of steel to a high degree of accuracy, it’s critical that your equipment is powerful, precise, fast and reliable while being easy to maintain and operate. The Whitney 12 kW fiber laser, is claimed by the company to be the fastest plate laser on the planet delivering superior thick plate cut quality at unbelievable cutting speeds.

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Yaskawa AccuFast II laser-based seam finder improves weld quality and reduces cycle times

AccuFast™ II, an economical laser-based seam finder for Yaskawa Motoman’s arc welding robot line, features improved sensor capabilities. The improved sensor offers increased performance by providing more reliable and repeatable feedback to the robot controller regarding part position. It also provides readings on a variety of materials and at angles of measurement that were not formerly possible.

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July 2017

Hypertherm announces new and enhanced features to its ProNest 2017 CAD/CAM nesting software

Hypertherm, manufacturer of plasma, fiber laser and waterjet cutting systems, has announced a version update to its ProNest® advanced CAD/CAM nesting software for automated cutting. ProNest 2017 v12.1 contains numerous enhancements designed to enable customers to achieve more.

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A-Tap – a product that showcases OSG’s innovation

Most tapping troubles are caused by unstable chip evacuation. The A-TAP Series resolves such troubles and applies to a wide range of work materials and cutting speeds. The A-Tap is an all-purpose tap series designed to simplify tool management and to excel in a wide variety of materials and applications.

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Okuma’s VTM-1200YB 5-axis multi-tasking turning center

Designed for large part CNC machining Okuma’s VTM-1200YB 5-axis multitasking turning center is ideally suited for large turning/milling requirements and complex parts. Its massive construction provides extreme rigidity for large part CNC machining and its high power handles large diameter workpieces with ease.

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GF Machining Solutions CUT P series of wire EDM machines

The new CUT P range will replace the company’s CUT Sp and CUT mS series of wire EDM machines and, from a price performance perspective, occupies the position between the CUT E series at one end of the spectrum, and the CUT 1000/2000/3000 series of machines at the other.

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Mitsubishi-Hitachi Tool Engineering, Ltd to market products under the name Moldino

Having successfully acquired a majority shareholding of Hitachi Tool Engineering Ltd and the subsequent renaming of the company as Mitsubishi-Hitachi Tool Engineering, Ltd the company has now announced that in future it will market its products under the name of Moldino.

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Turning insert optimised for stainless steel materials

Sandvik Coromant is introducing a dedicated turning insert optimised for stainless steel materials that offers increased productivity, longer tool life and higher machine utilisation. GC2220 will prove to be a major benefit to pump and valve manufacturers, as well as general engineering shops, particularly those serving sectors such as aerospace, automotive and oil and gas.

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B-axis turning cycle among Edgecam’s 2017 R2 updates

The latest release of the Edgecam software introduces a turning cycle that includes B-axis movements while machining on a turning center. This new feature in Edgecam 2017 R2 allows greater accessibility when machining complex profiles by dynamically positioning the insert, according to the company.

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Trumpf TruLaser 3060 fiber – new opportunities to cut on a table size of six metres

Six metres is the length of a delivery van or a large adult alligator or a sheet that the TruLaser 3060 fiber can cut. This new oversize format machine from the Trumpf 3000 series can process sheets as large as 6 x 2.5 metres. This means that users of the TruLaser 3060 fiber can acquire more orders for particularly large workpieces.

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Victor 5-axis CNC range tackles parts up to 1.2 metres

The Vcenter AX800 has a swivelling head B-axis and a 25rpm C-axis table located within the fixed table, which can be clamped to resist 3 433 Nm for heavy duty machining. The B-axis has a Hirth coupling that will rotate at increments of 1° and offers precision and repeatability. Both rotary axes have a roller-cam drive to deliver “unparalleled rigidity and stiffness”.

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Control your machines from any device and any location with SigmaNEST 365!

SigmaTEK’s latest step into the future of manufacturing – SigmaNEST 365 – moves SigmaTEK products to the cloud, making them accessible on any device, from anywhere in your shop. This also means greater storage capacity, and faster computer speeds.

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Nukon ECO fiber laser cutting machine

Ergonomic and compact, the Nukon Eco Fiber Laser delivers high quality, speed, and reliability without breaking your budget. This standard size machine accommodates sheet sizes of 3 000 by 1 500mm and is equipped with an IPG 1000W or 2000W resonators.

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Ultra-fast scanning and uncompromising detail with the Nikon ModelMaker H120

Incorporating blue laser technology, ultra-fast frame rate, specially developed Nikon optics and the ability to measure the most challenging materials this represents the next generation of portable laser scanning. The H120 makes no compromises in addressing the market needs by efficiently delivering the most detailed and accurate data in a fraction of the time of competing technologies.

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Iscar’s indexable FFQ4 high-feed milling cutters to enhance rough milling of high-temperature alloy materials

The FFQ4 is the latest addition from ISCAR for high feed, rough milling applications. “Its design incorporates a square, single sided insert with 4 cutting edges and more flank clearance than many popular high feed solutions available,” said a company spokesperson.

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Salvagnini fiber laser with an air-cooled cutting head

The L3 now comes equipped with an air-cooled cutting head with adjustable optics for cutting both thin and thick materials. Air-cooling is made possible by the addition of a Pelletier plate to the assembly, making nitrogen gas cooling unnecessary. A new collimator enables easy, fast adjustment for cutting materials of different thicknesses.

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