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.

The 1 500 x 960mm table accepts workpieces weighing up to 2.5 tons, compared with 1 ton for the smaller BX40i machine. Both models have 18 000rpm HSK-63A spindles with through-coolant and 30-tool (optionally 50-tool) magazines. Control is by Hurco’s proprietary WinMAX CNC system.

Two Hurco CNC lathes also made their first appearance at this year’s exhibition – the TM8i XP and the TM10i XP. The suffix denotes upgraded versions of the previous models, including larger spindle bore, roller guideways, a more compact footprint and a new control system that mirrors the Max5 programming of Hurco’s vertical machining centers.

Additional features include concurrent programming, estimated run time, error check and recovery restart, plus improved rigid-tapping performance.

On the five-axis front the Hurco VC500i was on display. This machine features a cantilever design (constructed using a one-piece cast-iron frame) and a 360deg rotary table mounted on a trunnion that swivels through 220deg around the Y axis.

Other five-axis machining centers on display included a Hurco VMX42SRTi with B-axis spindle, a Hurco VMX30Ui trunnion-type machine fitted with an Erowa Robot Compact parts-handling system, and a Roeders RXP600DSH trunnion machining center.

Hurco also previewed new software that is being developed for its machining center controls, whereby a 3D DXF or solid model can be imported to allow five-sided parts to be programmed conversationally, directly from a STEP or IGES file, by automatically inserting transform plane commands.

For further details contact Hurco South Africa on TEL: 849 5600 or visit