Product Review

May 2021

OSG ADO 40D and 50D coolant-through carbide long drills

Although conventional carbide twist drills are capable of producing finely divided chips, when machining steel materials such as carbon steel, alloy steel and stainless steel, elongation of chips can easily occur. The unstable chip shape interferes with chip evacuation, which is especially problematic in deep- hole drilling, and may lead to sudden tool breakage.

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Composite filament brushes from Pferd

Composite brushes from Pferd have been specifically developed for industrial, automated use. These brushes are particularly suitable for deburring complicated components such as cylinder heads, gear toothing and are even approved for aerospace use. A benefit of Pferd plastic filament brushes, when compared with traditional wire brushes, is their cool grinding capability and lack of sparks.

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Simplified robot and CNC integration from Fanuc

The Quick and Simple Startup of Robotisation platform allows operators and machine tool builders to programme robots easily through the CNC in ISO standard G-code format. Fanuc CNCs now have the ability to control connected FANUC robots providing machine tending or other assistance through FANUC’s Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR).

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Deburr it while you make it – Tapmatic DeBurr-Z

Tapmatic’s new deburring tool for CNC machines, the DeBurr-Z floating deburring tool, will deburr it while you make it, eliminate secondary operations, is fast and offers consistent deburring, floats in compression and has an extension for top edge and underside edges, even when these are not clearly defined.

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Iscar’s Logiq-4-Feed small diameter fast feed tools carrying inserts with four cutting edges

Iscar continues to add to its lines of cutting tools that are appropriate for a wide range of applications including die and mould making. Logiq-4-Feed tools, a family of small-diameter, fast-feed milling tools, for example, features narrow, bone-shaped, double-sided inserts with four cutting edges. The family is designed for roughing operations, especially when machining deep cavities like those typically found in mould making.

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InnovMetric releases PolyWorks Metrology Suite 2021

InnovMetric has announced the launch of PolyWorks MS 2021, the latest release of its 3D dimensional analysis and quality control solution. PolyWorks MS 2021 delivers powerful curved surface analysis tools, transforms the measurement operator experience, and facilitates the deployment of PolyWorks|Inspector as a standard offline CNC CMM sequencing solution. PolyWorks MS 2021’s curved surface analysis toolbox offers a built-in isotropic surface defect detection technology.

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TaeguTec’s innovative indexable head solid carbide end mill type, the Maxi-Rush line, has been expanded

The recently released Maxi-Rush product line is known for its minimised set-up time due to the easy indexable head replacement with high rigidity. This enables excellent machining precision. The innovative head changeable type solid carbide end mill, launched under the brand name Maxi-Rush, replaced most of the existing conventional solid end mills machining range.

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Widia expands Top Drill Modular X (TDMX) drill platform to machine stainless steel and super alloys

Widia has announced the release of a new MS geometry insert for the brand’s best-selling Top Drill Modular X (TDMX) drill. With the MS geometry expansion, the TDMX platform now offers three material-specific inserts, broadening the platform’s application capabilities to include inclined entry and exit, stacked plates and cross-hole drilling in stainless steel, super alloys, steel and cast iron materials.

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United Grinding”s digital solutions aid maintenance and more

United Grinding’s Digital Solutions app and software can facilitate process optimisation and simplify maintenance tasks through monitoring and conference capability, respectively. In response to the lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic, the United Grinding Group has increasingly used technology to support its worldwide customer base and keep machines running with minimal downtime.

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Kennametal introduces FBX Drill

Kennametal has introduced the FBX drill for flat-bottom drilling of structural aerospace parts. The patented FBX drill delivers superior stability and up to 200 percent higher metal removal rates when machining high temperature alloys, stainless steel, and other materials. The new modular drill is the critical first step in a three-part tooling concept including the HARVI Ultra 8X and the HARVI end mill series, specifically designed by Kennametal to decrease cycle time for these types of applications.

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Hexagon unveils wireless laser scanner for on-machine part measurement

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched a wireless multi-sensor laser scanner with metrology levels of precision, designed specifically to work inside CNC machine tools. The m&h LS-R-4.8 can capture around 40 000 measurement points a second – compared to the status quo of taking individual points with traditional touch probes – and securely transmits the data to the receiver, via radio, which enables operators to change the sensor automatically without manual intervention.

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Doosan Machine Tools launches VX series of vertical machining centers

Doosan Machine Tools has recently launched the VX series of vertical machining centers. The lineup consists of the VX 6500G, which is optimised for graphite processing and the VX 6500C, which is optimised for ceramic processing. Equipped with a dual-column structure, the series provides unrivalled processing performance. High-precision processing has been enhanced with the adoption as standard features of a newly developed low-noise, high-precision spindle and a range of peripheral devices.

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Hypertherm announces release of Rotary Tube Pro 3

Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, has announced the release of Rotary Tube Pro 3, a major version update of its tube and pipe cutting software for machines with a rotary axis. This new release contains new features and enhancements making it easy to design and cut tube parts. These features include common line cutting which allows operators to cut two or more parts so that they share at least one common line with one another.

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March 2021

Guhring introduces new micro diver end mills

The Guhring Diver Series of end mills has been an unparalleled success since its market introduction and now Guhring is extending the multitude of benefits of this industry-leading series to the micromachining sector. Recognised as the ‘smallest diver in the world’, the new RF100 Micro Diver end mills have been introduced for high-performance machining of small components.

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Mazak’s Integrex i-200H ST multitasking machine

Mazak continued the rollout of its i-H series of machines with the Integrex i-200H ST multitasking machine, which features a new design that increases flexibility and enhances machine performance for significantly easier automation integration, allowing shops to boost the output of their existing workforces with the utmost in cost efficiency.

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GasiQ Optimator introduced at Bell Equipment

Most companies working with MIG/MAG and TIG welding know very well the price of welding wire per kilogramme. But, relatively few are aware that the cost of the shielding gas is at least as high, per metre of weld. GasIQ Optimator is designed for one sole purpose, to reduce your consumption of expensive gas, generally by 30%. In just a few months of using your GasIQ Optimator you will get your money back – the rest is pure profit – according to the Swedish manufacturers.

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Kennametal makes flat-bottom hole production easy with new FEG insert for KENTIP FS

Kennametal has expanded its replaceable drill offering for KenTIP FS modular drill series with the new FEG insert for flat-bottom hole applications. Applicable in steel, cast iron and stainless steels, the FEG insert eliminates end milling operations and completes a task in a single operation, saving time and tooling costs.

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Fanuc introduces the new α-CiC, the latest model of the Fanuc Robocut Series

Highly reliable and high-performance wire-cut EDM. Fanuc has introduced the latest model of the widely popular Fanuc Robocut, the new α-CiC Series. This new model features the biggest changes to the machine in many years, including a new mechanical structure, new discharge device and new discharge control technologies.

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OSG’s Ado-Micro small diameter coolant-through carbide drill

Stable and high-efficiency in small diameter deep-hole applications. OSG Corporation’s Ado-Micro is the company’s first small diameter carbide drill with oil holes designed for stable and high-efficincy drilling in deep-hole applications. The sense of size upon hearing the phrase small diameter” will be understood differently among users in the manufacturing industry.

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Hexagon streamlines reverse engineering from metrology to manufacturable parts with new REcreate software

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has unveiled REcreate, a powerful and flexible new software solution designed ‘from the ground up’ to make it easier and faster to reverse engineer parts from metrology scan to manufacturable model. Reverse engineering processes are routinely employed throughout manufacturing and maintenance processes.

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Thermacut’s Ex-Trafire plasma cutting system

The Ex‑Trafire portfolio of single-phase plasma cutting power supplies from Thermacut includes the Ex-Trafire 30H and the Ex-Trafire 40SD. The 30H system is for handheld applications, while the 40SD system is designed for use with manual or machine torches in lengths of 4, 5, 7.5 and 15 metres. The power supplies range from 30amp to 100amp. Thermacut are constantly looking to bring fresh ideas into plasma cutting technology.

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Entry-level machining center launched by DMG MORI

Global machine tool manufacturer DMG MORI has entered the vertical machining centre (VMC) market at the lower end of the price range with a new, nominally half-metre-cube model, the M1. This is the least expensive machine in the company’s portfolio and offers small job shops and subcontractors the opportunity to access equipment from DMG MORI.

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Grinding Techniques: A preferred partner to the essential pipeline industry

With an estimated 3 800 kilometres of petroleum pipeline in South Africa it is safe to say that that the Pipeline Industry is an essential part of the country’s economy. Numerous manufacturing concerns are involved in this industry, supplying both up and down stream products and services to government and private entities in the petrochemical and power generation markets.

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Amada HRB 1003 hybrid drive press brake includes double-clamp backgauge

Amada has introduced the HRB series of press brakes with automatic tool changer. New features include a double-clamp backgauge for stable processing of complex material shapes, as well as a natural crowning design to help ensure a consistent angle across the entire bend length. A bend indicator sensor helps ensure accuracy for stable processing without a trial bend.

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Hurco HM1700Ri horizontal machining center for maximum efficiency

The Hurco HM1700Ri (XYZ travels of 1 700mm by 1 000mm by 900mm) CNC horizontal milling machine is designed for maximum efficiency and is equipped with pre-tensioned, dual ballscrews for increased rigidity. The large, front and side access doors allow for easy operator use. It is fully equipped with an 8 000rpm motorised spindle and suitable for a wide range of applications. The HM1700Ri is also equipped with a direct drive B-axis torque table.

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Iscar’s upgraded Groove Turn JHP tools and new JetCut double coolant Modular-Grip with coolant channels

Iscar has upgraded the GHDR/L-JHP, CGPAD-JHP and HGPAD-JHP Groove-Turn tools and adapters by adding a bottom cooling channel to the existing upper channel design. The bottom channel effectively cools the frontal flank of the insert. In most cases, the upgraded two-directional coolant tools and adapters provide improved tool life when compared to the tools and adapters with a single-top coolant channel, at both low and high pressure.

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Kitamura’s Mytrunnion-5G: Solution for complex machining applications

Kitamura Machinery has introduced the Mytrunnion-5G 5-axis vertical machining center (VMC), further expanding its Mytrunnion 5-axis line-up. The Mytrunnion-5G has been mechanically and electronically designed specifically for speed, rigidity and flexibility in complex 5-axis machining. Features include an induction hardened solid box way construction offers the vibration damping properties necessary for fine surface finishes.

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January 2021

Trumpf presents new TruPunch 3000 punching machine

The manufacturer said the TruPunch 3000 scores high on productivity, process reliability and part quality while numerous intelligent assistance systems make life easier for machine operators. From the outside, the new TruPunch 3000 looks almost identical to its smaller sibling, the TruPunch 1000, because Trumpf has now incorporated its tried-and-tested Delta Drive into the Series 3000 to boost throughput and shrink the machine’s footprint.

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Fanuc releases the newest version of its popular CNC control system: 0i-F Plus

Fanuc has introduced the latest version of the company’s popular CNC control. This huge upgrade features many improvements to make your life easier through intuitive and smooth operation, while keeping all of the best features from the previous model. Some of the improvements include larger part programme storage memory as standard, faster block processing speed, a new user interface as well as a modern flat design with dark theme.

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Updates to Open Mind’s hyperMILL CAD/CAM software suite bring a range of user-friendly enhancements and new machining strategies for accurate, efficient 3D and 5-axis machining

Virtual machining, AM and automation in CAD/CAM suite. The latest version of HyperMill from Open Mind Technologies features enhancements and machining strategies that can improve the accuracy and efficiency of 3D and 5-axis machining.

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Messer Cutting Systems makes entry easy with SmartBlade

Cutting machines need space and are expensive to procure and run. With a new plasma cutting machine, Messer Cutting Systems GmbH supplies a powerful counter argument: The SmartBlade. The fact that affordable entry level models can also give savings in performance in economy mode refers only to the purchase price and running costs but not to the cutting performance or quality.

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Kennametal introduces new line of PCD tools

Kennametal has introduced a new line of PCD round tools for aluminium machining that delivers up to 10 times higher productivity than carbide tooling. The new line of drills, reamers and end mills provides exceptional tool life and wear resistance even in very abrasive aluminium alloys and are available with very short lead times. “Our new PCD round tools line enables our customers to machine aluminium significantly faster, for greater productivity on the shop floor.”

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New Mazak VC-Ez series delivers affordability and performance

To provide job shops reliable, maximum machine-tool performance at a lower capital investment, Mazak has launched the new VC-Ez Series of 3-axis vertical machining centers. Featuring the company’s new MazatroL SmoothEz CNC and optimised for simple operation as well as fast and easy installation, VC-Ez machines offer enhanced ergonomics, stable and reliable part processing and long-term dependability.

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Tapmatic DeBurr-Z floating deburring tool for CNC Machines

Tapmatic have introduced a new deburring tool for CNC machines. The DeBurr-Z Floating DeBurring Tool will deburr it while you make it, eliminate secondary operations, is fast and offers consistent deburring, floats in compression and has an extension for top edge and underside edges, even when these are not clearly defined. With its internal tension-compression mechanism, the DeBurr-Z deburrs both sides of a workpiece and internal hole intersections.

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Hyundai WIA KF-II Series vertical machining centers

The Hyundai WIA KF-II Series is a vertical machining center that was introduced last year by the company. Improvements on the existing KF series, Hyundai Wia’s steady seller, are made on the spindle performance, linear roller guideways, chip disposal and are offered with the latest Fanuc 15” touch screen controller. The Hyundai WIA KF-II Series has various spindle and column options for customised machining.

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Thermacut laser cutting head with autofocus

The EX‑Trabeam PRO from Thermacut is a new solid-state laser cutting head with an autofocus function, which is intended to improve penetration into the material. The cutting head is suitable for use with modern, high-performance laser cutting machines equipped with a solid-state beam source operating in the wavelength range of 1 030nm to 1130nm and with a maximum power output of 8 kW.

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Widia Hanita introduces VariMill Xtreme, a solid carbide end mill solution

After the iconic VariMill I design, Widia Hanita are pleased to present the recently released VariMill Xtreme, the next generation of versatile high-performance end mills. Engineered to excel in a variety of aggressive machining conditions the product design uses key features of the already successful VariMill I but enhances chip evacuation and corner stability to exceed performance expectations on a wide range of materials.

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New Doosan 10” chuck Lynx lathe models with Y-axis and sub-spindle capability

Two new Doosan 10” chuck Lynx lathe models with Y-axis and sub-spindle capability will be available markets in early 2021. The newly-designed Lynx 2100/2600 Y-axis horizontal turning centers may be small in stature, but they more than make up for it when it’s time to produce. These machines are born with a chip on their shoulders. There are two models in the new range – the Lynx 2600Y (Y-axis model) and the Lynx 2600SY (Y-axis and sub-spindle model).

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November 2020

Solidworks 2021 is now available, including new 3DExperience platform-enabled offers

Dassault Systèmes has launched Solidworks 2021, the latest release of its portfolio of 3D design and engineering applications. Solidworks 2021 enhances the capabilities and workflows for design, documentation, data management and validation that enable users to get their work done faster. Solidworks 2021 users can also expand their capabilities by connecting to the 3DExperience Works portfolio to tackle more challenges.

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Hyundai WIA has announced that it has released a total of 22 new machines

“Hyundai Wia previously launched the 5-axis XF series that has been recognised for its precision, performance and quality. However, this time, the company plans to re-establish its position by rebuilding its line-up with market leading products from entry models to premium models by releasing a large number of low and mid-priced products with excellent performance,” said a company spokesperson.

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Kennametal introduces the HPR solid carbide drill

Next generation high-performance drill for cast iron applications featuring a low-thrust drill point design. Kennametal has introduced an expansion of its solid carbide drilling portfolio, the HPR drill for high-performance drilling of cast iron workpieces. Designed for high-speed and high-feed drilling up to 8 x D in any ISO-K material, the HPR drill provides excellent hole straightness even at highest cutting parameters.

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Spindle health monitoring system on Mazak Integrex i-300ST

Mazak recently demonstrated its Integrex i-300ST multi-tasking machine featuring the company’s Spindle Health Monitoring System. Powered by AI technology, the system monitors spindle health to help minimise unexpected machine downtime. “The spindle health can be viewed on the Smooth control or any device connected to the machine network using a web browser,” said a company spokesperson.

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The Renishaw XK10 alignment laser system

The XK10 alignment laser system has been developed to measure geometric and rotational errors of machine tools. Used with the XK10 machine tool fixturing kit, it enables faster and easier measurements over traditional methods, such as dial gauges, autocollimators and metrology artefacts. It can be used on linear rails to ensure that they are straight, square, flat, parallel and level, as well as to assess spindle direction and co-axiality of rotary machines.

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High-precision gear tooth deburring process developed by PH Horn

While deburring can be carried out relatively easily with brushes and discs, this approach leaves undefined chamfers at the tooth edges and today higher levels of precision and quality are often demanded. In response, Paul Horn GmbH has developed a production technology to enable milling of defined chamfers and is, for example, capable of creating a 45-degree chamfer on both sides of a module 1 gear with 25 teeth in less than five seconds.

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Fanuc introduces LR Mate 200ID/14L multi-purpose industrial robot

Fanuc has expanded its LR Mate series of multi-purpose industrial robots with the introduction of the strong yet compact LR Mate 200iD/14L. Building on the success of the 6-axis LR Mate series, the 200iD/14L offers an exceptional weight-to-payload ratio, weighing just 27kg but able to handle workpieces up to 14kg. By doubling the maximum load capacity in comparison to its predecessors, the LR Mate 200iD/14L is able to support a range of applications.

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Duncan Macdonald & Company introduce new cutting and grinding fluid concentrate

Duncan Macdonald & Company have introduced a new cutting and grinding fluid concentrate, tailored to specific customer needs and able to meet a wide range of extreme technical constraints. Manufactured locally for the metalworking market Maclube M.W.O is designed to operate and perform well on many operations including face milling, cut-off turning, grinding, tapping, and drilling depending on the specific product and is compatible with alloy steels, tool steels, cast irons and copper alloys.

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VSM Actirox – the latest generation of abrasives

Ceramic abrasive grains have been used in the manufacturing of coated and bonded abrasives for numerous years. VSM Abrasives has become well known for its range of ceramic grain coated abrasives that combine optimum performance with an extended product service life to achieve the best possible performance to price ratio. VSM AG has used its experience of more than 150 years in the coated abrasives industry to further develop and enhance the performance of their ceramic grains and its associated products.

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September 2020

Kennametal introduces the eBore fine boring system

Kennametal has introduced a new line of digital-ready fine boring tools that make precision adjustment easy, enabling more productive, predictable, and accurate boring. The eBore Fine Boring System consists of cutting units to cover a diameter range from 6mm to 1 020mm and an optional digital display that makes precision adjustments as simple as turning a screw and costly mistakes a thing of the past.

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Hurco introduces practical job shop automation for high-mix manufacturing

Hurco has developed a streamlined automation package for high-mix manufacturing by partnering with ProCobots to make job shop automation practical, which means the automation packages are flexible, easy to programme, and easy to move to other Hurco machines without the need for customers to call an integrator each time they need to make a change.

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Radan 2021 from Hexagon provides updates for CAD/CAM, tubes, nesting

Hexagon Production Software has introduced Radan 2021 with enhancements for CAD/CAM, tubes, bending, quoting, and CAD-for-CAM modelling. It allows the use of Radnest Ultimate on a punch press for optimising batches of nests. Setup sheets can be generated automatically and sent to each machine. The NC code for the job goes to the machine and the setup sheet to the operator.

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Nikon Metrology’s new MCAx S articulated arm

Nikon Metrology’s new and advanced MCAx S articulated arm, partnered with ModelMaker H120 laser scanner, offers improved precision, confidence and connectivity. The combination of the industry-leading ModelMaker H120 laser scanner and the new MCAx S articulated arm helps users improve quality, accelerate time-to-market and streamline manufacturing processes. It guarantees unprecedented levels of detail.

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Next generation 5-axis technology in a compact footprint

Yamazaki Mazak has unveiled a new high-accuracy simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center, the Variaxis C-600, suitable for a wide range of sectors including the aerospace and automotive markets. The C-600, which is the successor machine to the highly successful Variaxis j-600/5X, is being marketed at a highly attractive price point to provide a high performance and cost-effective 5-axis solution.

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Doosan Lynx 2100LY Series

Doosan Machine Tools offers its Lynx 2100LY Series of compact turning centers with a Y-axis. “This generation of Lynx line comes fully loaded with features that are typically optional, including a variety of toolholders (both static and live tools), a toolsetter, a parts catcher and a parts conveyor. Built to deliver high value to shops of all sizes, the Lynx 2100LY is designed and equipped for high productivity,” said a company spokesperson.

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Keeping the rollers rolling in your roll grinding shop: Partner with Grinding Techniques for perfect steel production

Steel manufacturing companies play a significant role within the South-African economy, not only by providing much needed jobs but also by being responsible for the manufacturing of material to be used in various parts of the construction, mining and manufacturing industry.

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AgieCharmilles Cut P 550 Pro wire cutting EDM solution with its new and easy-to-use interface

To make the most of advanced manufacturing technology, even a single machine’s productivity can be enhanced with the appropriate automation. In this model cell, the AgieCharmilles CUT P 550 Pro wire EDM solution is made even more productive with the addition of a System 3R WorkPartner 1+ (WPT1+), an automation solution that offers maximum magazine capacity in minimal floor space.

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July 2020

Open Mind launches hyperMILL 2020.2 CAD/CAM

Open Mind Technologies AG has introduced its latest hyperMILL 2020.2 CAD/CAM software suite that offers users new and enhanced features for 3D and 5-axis machining, such as the hyperMILL Automation Center Advanced option. New features include the addition of plunge-milling cycles to the 3D and 5-axis strategies for machining cutting edges.

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Amada EM series with automatic tool changing system

The EM ZRT punching machine can handle large sheets without repositioning while minimising scrap. The EM ZRT punching machine is a further addition to the existing EM punching machine series and boasts an ultra-modern suite of features: Punching drive with energy recovery capabilities, tool identification system and a brush table that makes use of intelligent punching machine technology.

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CNC Software releases Mastercam 2021

CNC Software Inc., developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, has released Mastercam 2021. According to the company, this latest version of Mastercam increases machining productivity and reduces overall production costs with faster and more flexible multiaxis improvements, improvements in turning and turning-related applications, advances in speed, safety and more.

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Custom carbide form tools for turning

To allow users to reduce cycle times and cut production costs during series production on turning and turn-mill centers, Horn Cutting Tools has introduced customised carbide form inserts for machining diameters from 16mm upwards. Based on its 117 tool system, the patented insert seat guarantees high concentricity and minimal axial runout as well as high repeatability of insert exchange to within microns.

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Edgecam 2021’s optimised processing increases CAD/CAM productivity

Faster Waveform Roughing and a number of productivity boosts have been achieved by reducing calculation time with Edgecam 2021’s enhanced parallel-processing capability. Two machining cycles – roughing and profiling – benefit from improvements to the software’s multithreading technology algorithms. Edgecam’s high-speed Waveform Roughing strategy is now faster when generating toolpath for solid and wireframe components.

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InnovMetric releases PolyWorks|DataLoop 2020 for data management and digital connectivity

Leverages the industry standard Microsoft SQL Server to offer a robust large-scale 3D data management solution and facilitate digital collaboration processes. InnovMetric Software Inc., a leader in smart 3D metrology software solutions, has announced the 2020 release of PolyWorks|DataLoop, a major upgrade to its data management and digital connectivity solution.

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Gühring’s extensive range of threading products includes the Pionex threading line

Gühring’s extensive range of threading products includes the Pionex threading line. The fluteless and cut machine taps have been developed to reduce axial forces and torque by up to 30% whilst improving surface finishes and tool life. The Pionex machine taps covers over 85% of the industry applications. The Pionex Series includes 45 degree helix geometry with a reduced rake angle, back tapering and improved relief.

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Kennametal introduces the B21*SGL Solid carbide drill for improved productivity

Kennametal has introduced another high-performance cutting tool, the B21*SGL solid carbide drill with coolant-through. Designed for stainless steel, nickel, and cobalt-based alloys, the B21*SGL with patented point geometry and monolayer PVD AlTiN coating, offers improved productivity and longer tool life for aerospace applications requiring predictable, high-production drilling.

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The largest vertical machining center in Okuma’s MB-V series, the MB-80V has table dimensions of 1 600mm by 800mm and XYZ travel of up to 1 600mm by 1 050mm by 600mm. When used, for example, for machining cubic parts, mould components or semiconductor components, the vertical machining center especially excels with its high repeat accuracy, excellent dynamics and high-performance milling.

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May 2020

Micro-precise high-speed machining – Mazak

Mazak has introduced the precise Ultimate Die & Mould (UD) 400/5X vertical machining center (VMC). Designed for applications ranging from medical and dental instruments to mould and die components and beyond, the machine features a rigid composite base and double-column symmetrical construction that allow its state-of-the-art spindle to reach the highest levels of precision and speed.

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When tolerance is key it is vital to choose the correct partner for your precision grinding operations – Grinding Techniques

The precision industry requires parts to have tighter tolerances and attain a specific surface finish whilst maintaining a low production input cost per unit, a challenging factor for many when wanting to maintain a competitive edge in the market. To achieve optimum performance, one needs to consider the complete grinding process.

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Special taps for space flight components

The Design and Production of special tools for manufacturers of aerospace equipment is among the most sophisticated and challenging segments in the metal-working industries. Workpieces are usually made of the toughest, heat-resistant materials to allow for maximum performance in zero-gravity conditions under high thermal stress. SCHUMACHER has developed a tap series with customised geometries and special surface treatments to meet the expectations of this industry segment.

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Mastercam’s multiaxis add-on improves 4, 5-axis machining productivity

The Multiaxis add-on for Mastercam Mill 3D, Router 3D, Mill-Turn and Mastercam for Solidworks is designed to improve productivity with simultaneous four- and five-axis machining. Cut Patterns guide the tool along specified paths. These patterns can be simple 2D or 3D wireframes, solid primitives, or complex multi-surface grids.

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Amada Miyachi’s WL-300A laser workstation marks larger parts

Amada Miyachi’s WL-300A laser processing workstation, a larger version of the LMWS laser marker workstation, is designed for nanosecond pulsed fiber laser applications. The workstation is equipped with Amada Miyachi’s LMF fiber lasers (10 to 70W). The machine features a fast and precise motorised Z-axis for focus adjustment, easy access to parts and tooling, and an optional XY table for step and repeat motion, the company says.

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Kennametal’s KBH10B and KBH20B PcBN grades deliver higher productivity and lower cost per part

Kennametal offers hard turning KBH10B and KBH20B PcBN grade double-sided inserts for materials up to 65 HRC. “Kennametal’s KBH10B and KBH20B grade inserts are an excellent choice for high-volume production of hardened gears, shafts, bearings, housings and other drivetrain components, where tooling cost per part is an important metric,” said Robert Keilmann, Product Manager, Turning.

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High-efficiency ADO-Micro drills for drilling solutions – OSG

OSG has identified a need for better chip evacuation in the medical and electrical industries and thus created the ADO-Micro drills. The ADO-Micro is a small diameter coolant-through carbide drill series that is designed to provide stable and high efficiency drilling in small diameter deep-hole applications. “Poor chip evacuation is a common occurring complication in small diameter deep-hole drilling,” said the spokesperson.

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LK Metrology introduces new range of compact CMMs with the latest multi-sensor technology

A range of CMMs has been introduced by LK Metrology offering high accuracy and repeatability in a compact footprint. The new Alterac machines are available in three sizes – 7.7.5, 10.7.5 and 10.7.7. Typical applications are likely to be found in the aerospace, automotive, medical and other industries with demanding inspection requirements.

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Leadwell introduces new 5-axis machining center

Taiwanese machine tool builder Leadwell CNC Machines has introduced a new model, BC-600, at the smaller capacity end of its of BC-series of 5-axis machining centers. On all four models, the rotary axes are provided by a ±110-degree B-axis spindle and an integrated C-axis rotary table, both of which may be interpolated with X, Y and Z to allow full 5-axis production. The competitively priced, highly specified machines, which are fitted with scales in the linear and rotary axes as standard.

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PFERD’s CC-GRIND grinding wheels

Grinding wheels – reinvented. Grinding wheels are tried and tested, and seem irreplaceable in certain applications in spite of their drawbacks in terms of ergonomics and efficiency. Yet PFERD, the Marienheide, Germany-based specialist for work on surfaces and cutting technology, supplies numerous modern and highly efficient alternatives for most applications.

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TaeguTec’s Tang-SFeed inserts and cutter line

TaeguTec has launched a new and wide range of inserts and cutters named SFeedTec. Part of the range is the Tang-SFeed insert and cutter line, a double-sided four-corner tangential insert line. TaeguTec’s new tangential type Tang-SFeed line is a double-sided four-corner tangential type insert, high-productivity shoulder mill with tangential insert for a higher productivity perpendicular machining solution capable of ramping applications.

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Fiber laser in XL size formats – Bystronic

Bystronic has expanded the ByStar Fiber laser cutting system format to accommodate material up to 2 500mm wide and in lengths of either 6 000mm or 8 000mm. The ByStar Fiber XL is available in two formats, 6225 and 8025. The larger format increases the machine’s productivity because large metal sheets allow the cut parts to be nested more efficiently.

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Reducing inventory costs with vertical lift modules – Modula

Many manufacturers employ sophisticated CNC lathes, CNC machining centers, fiber lasers, robotics and measuring devices yet still store their parts, components and jigs on racks or on the floor. The costs of doing so are clear, but what’s the solution? Vertical lift modules (VLM) are fully enclosed automated storage units containing trays accessed by a lifting platform with an inserter/extractor. The trays are delivered to operators at an ergonomic height for easy access.

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Widia TDMX: The top drill modular that drills holes faster and with more reliability

Drilling is not always a simple, straightforward job. Workpiece instability, vibrations, and chip control are just a few challenges typically encountered in drilling applications. In addition to these challenges, the cost per hole becomes a critical subject in many shops with pressure to achieve sustainable production at the lowest cost possible. The Top Drill Modular X (TDMX) holemaking solution is able to address such machining applications and economic requirements with ease.

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March 2020

Reliable helpers at the machine: Fanuc makes automation easier thanks to new functions

Fanuc has already installed more than 590 000 industrial robots worldwide. The versatile machines perform important tasks throughout production. It has never been easier to automate a processing machine with a robot and therefore making production highly productive and efficient. This applies in particular to automation with the QSSR package developed by Fanuc.

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Kitamura’s Mycenter-HX300iG 400 combines large work area in small footprint

Kitamura Machinery’s Mycenter-HX300iG/400 expands the company’s small-footprint HMC offering, providing heavy-duty cutting, accuracy and reliability. For its size, the machine is still designed with a large work envelope, with a maximum workpiece diameter of 500mm, a maximum workpiece height of 745mm, and XYZ axes measuring 460mm by 510mm by 560mm, respectively. A 400mm table option offers additional workholding possibilities.

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New STA Synchro Tap Adaptor designed specifically for ER collet chucks and driven tools

The new STA Synchro Tap Adapter was designed specifically for ER collet chucks and driven tools and allows for synchronised thread cutting and forming to be achieved with all suitable machines. The STA Synchro Tap Adaptor with quick change saves considerable time and optimises tool life. Synchro Tap Holders are the best way to dramatically increase tool life in a rigid tapping environment.

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Guhring’s MTMH3-Z Drifter series

Guhring’s MTMH3-Z Drifter series of helical drilling thread-mill products are capable of thread milling in material up to 66 HRc. The Drifter series combines core drilling and threading in a single operation. The MTMH3-Z Drifter is suitable for wet or dry cutting, and features two oil grooves on the shaft to provide optimum cooling, as well as a left-cutting geometry that stabilises performance during climb milling.

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Durma introduces entry-level fiber laser

Designed specifically as an entry-level flat-bed laser system, the HD-FO fibre laser manufactured by Turkey-based Durma is a compact, competitively priced and easily transportable machine designed specifically to accommodate sheet up to a maximum size of 3 000mm by 1 500mm. The maximum sheet weight is 575kg. The HD-FO can be specified with a Durma fibre laser power source of 1kW or 2kW.

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Kennametal’s KOR 5 end mill enables higher feed rates for roughing

Representing the latest innovation in high-velocity aluminium roughing is the KOR 5 solid carbide end mill. Designed for maximum productivity in aerospace machining, with this five-flute end mill table feed rates increase up to 66 per cent compared to commonly used three-flute tools Kennametal says, redefining productivity for aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers. KOR 5 is aimed at removing large amounts of metal and getting it away from the work zone as quickly as possible.

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The Prima Power Combi Genius combined punching / laser cutting machine

It seems to be the future – companies and manufacturers looking to design and manufacture machinery that can produce parts in one-hit – a combination of punching, laser cutting and automation. The Prima Power Combi Genius comes with servo-electric punching and two different performance suites; Pure meets the targets of efficient production with attractive price level and Dynamic offers the best productivity and highest performance on the market.

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Mazak’s newly developed fully simultaneous 5-axis machining center targeting your first investment in 5-axis machining

Yamazaki Mazak’s newly developed fully simultaneous 5-axis machining center, the CV5-500 has been designed specifically for customers engaged in, or aspiring to 5-axis machining. The machine, which is being brought to market at a competitive price point, has a high-rigidity bridge construction with a fully supported trunnion table.

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SigmaNEST V20 now available from SigmaTEK

SigmaTEK Systems, a specialist in developing CADCAM software solutions for the fabrication industry, has released V20 of its flagship SigmaNEST product portfolio. V20 is a substantial release, introducing many features in all areas of the product, with continued emphasis on user experience, optimising material utilisation, and data management. A newly developed SigmaTEK launcher provides a common, customisable desktop platform.

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Mitsubishi MV4800-S Advance Type M800 Wire EDM Machine with CNC Control

The new Mitsubishi MV4800-S Advance Type M800 is now capable of 20” submerged cutting. The auto-threading system’s optional casting creates a removable 12” insert that when removed increases the maximum workpiece thickness to 32”. The option includes tank wall extensions and upper head skirts to contain the cutting splash created by the workpiece extending above the maximum submerged level.

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Additive manufacturing capability for CAM software

OPEN MIND Technologies AG has announced it offers an additive manufacturing (AM) capability option in hyperMILL CAM software to support 3D printing/additive processes. hyperMILL together with AM also provides efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on one machine. For highly complex 5-axis simultaneous processing, hyperMILL Additive Manufacturing enables an array of flexible options for DED.

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TaeguTec launches SFeedTec range

The South African launch of TaeguTec’s new and wide range of inserts and cutters were presented by Jacob Harpaz, President and CEO of the IMC Group. Harpaz emphasised to 320 delegates that clients were looking to improve the productivity of their equipment and reduce the cost per part and the only way you can do that, in this age of advanced machining that is feeding into Industry 4.0, is to increase the feeds and speeds of your CNC machine cutting process.

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Bystronic press brake range can be customised

The Classic Edition is intended for prototype manufacture and job shops producing small batch sizes. With the Performance Edition, medium-sized companies can produce parts in larger series, while the Dynamic Edition is suitable for companies needing even more speed to handle batch sizes of 1 000 parts or more. Bystronic says the machines will be among the fastest on the market, with bend speeds up to 20mm/sec.

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GF Machining Solutions controls sparks to improve EDM wire life

At the heart of the innovation is GF Machining Solutions’ generator technology – specifically its ISPS (Intelligent Spark Protection System) module – which identifies the intensity and location of sparks along the wire and, when necessary and required, adjusts current and voltage rates to prevent any concentration of wear. Spark Track provides real-time spark distribution information to manufacturers, enabling them to push their EDM machines to the limit.

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Widia Novo tool assemblies can now be imported directly into Mastercam

The Widia Novo online platform, which is available in the UK from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), now allows tool assemblies to be directly imported by users of Mastercam, credit to a newly formed collaboration. The partnership between Widia and CNC software developer Mastercam provides a solution that enables information importing from Novo directly into Mastercam 2018.

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Submerged Wire EDM – AccuteX

The AU-1440iA Z800 submerged wire EDM is engineered to process large as well as smaller parts with accuracy, speed and convenience. The machine’s X axis capacity of 1 378mm with 800mm in Y and Z enable it to handle workpieces up to 1 791mm x 1 062mm x 782mm in size. The machine structure, designed via Finite Element Analysis (FEA), includes a Meehanite cast honeycomb-type base, highly-ribbed column mounted with oversized UVZ axis and a reinforced lower-arm to increase stiffness.

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January 2020

Prima Power’s new eP Genius 1030 press brake system and Laser Genius 1530 fiber laser machine with 10kW laser source

Prima Power exhibited at the eP Genius 1030 bending solution, the Laser Genius 1530 fiber laser machine, the Combi Genius 1530 and the servo-electric technology of BCe Smart bending cell at the Blechexpo 2019, held in Germany. Ideal for minimum batches, the reliable solution offers precision and accuracy in its performance.

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Hexagon’s asset management tool helps optimise CMM performance

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched HxGN SFx | Asset Management, a cloud-ready software solution that helps manufacturers achieve operational excellence by offering easy access to real-time machine status and utilisation reporting. The software unlocks the data typically stored in individual coordinate measuring machines (CMM) to provide real-time insight into the performance, use and status of multiple CMMs across one or several sites.

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Mahr introduces new vision capabilities for Precimar® ICM 100 IP

Image processing enables automated testing of dial and digital indicators, test indicators and dial comparators. Mahr has announced the expansion of its proven Precimar® ICM 100 Dial and Digital Indicator Calibrator with image processing, designed for the automated testing of measuring equipment. Existing Precimar Optimar 100 devices can also be upgraded with the new vision capabilities.

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Trumpf’s Track & Trace connected system for intralogistics

“This system allows customers to determine the position of parts within just a few centimetres, enabling them to reduce throughput times on the shop floor and significantly increase their productivity,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director Research & Development at Trumpf. The solution accurately locates sheet metal parts in real time and also tracks and documents the routes they take.

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Hypertherm introduces subscription pricing model for ProNest LT nesting software for use on smaller CNC cutting tables

Hypertherm, manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, recently announced low-cost subscription pricing for its ProNest® LT CAD/CAM nesting software for light industrial cutting applications. Rather than purchasing the software outright, as is typically required, smaller companies and individuals who have air or conventional plasma and oxyfuel cutting machines can now subscribe to ProNest LT.

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Doosan introduces compact entry-level 3-axis, 8 000rpm VMC – DEM 4000

The compact DEM 4000 machine is the latest addition to Doosan’s impressive range of vertical machining centers – a range that includes the best-selling and ever-popular DNM- and Mynx-series. And, as one might expect from a new Doosan machine range, quality, reliability and a cost-competitiveness, are amongst the new DEM 4000s key selling points. Despite its relatively small footprint the DEM 4000 boasts 550mm x 400mm x 450mm XYZ axis travels with 24m/min rapid rates on all three axes.

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Kennametal expands ER range

“Together, the newly developed TACU ER units and solid ER collets are a great marriage of technology,” states Ronald West, manager – tooling systems. “Available in sizes ER25 through ER40, with thread sizes ranging from M8 to M16, this innovation provides machining center-like capabilities to live-tool lathes. These new products offer the flexibility to use standard ER collets with solid end mills, or the new solid ER collets together with screw-on indexable milling cutters.”

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Wire EDM from GF Machining Solutions designed for metal AM applications

The newly developed AgieCharmilles Cut AM 500 wire EDM (WEDM) from GF Machining Solutions has been purpose-designed for use in the metal additive manufacturing (AM) market. WEDM is a mature technology, but GF Machining Solutions says it continues to push the boundaries with its latest horizontal Cut AM 500, which has been designed to be fast, accurate and automation-ready. The machine is specifically intended for the metal AM market.

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hyperMILL CADCAM software: The Open Mind Additive Manufacturing suite

Open Mind Technologies hyperMILL CADCAM software’s – The Open Mind Additive Manufacturing suite – is designed to satisfy the requirements of industrial 3D printing processes. As a universal software solution, hyperMILL, together with this option, will provide efficient hybrid processing with simultaneous additive and subtractive processing on a single machine platform. Open Mind’s hyperMILL Additive Manufacturing opens up an array of flexible options.

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Yaskawa’s lightweight 6-axis robot

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics division has unveiled what is believed to be the smallest, lightest, 6-axis industrial robot specifically designed for small handling and assembly applications. The MotoMINI 7kg lightweight, portable robot is easy to carry and install close to workpieces and other machinery in existing production lines or cells, providing a payload of 500 grams, a maximum horizontal reach of 350mm, vertical reach of 495mm and repeatability of 0.02mm.

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Taegutec’s Chase-4-Feed – a versatile high-feed mill with strong four cutting edge insert

To meet market demand, smaller double-sided four corner designed BLMP 04 inserts have been launched for small and high feed machining applications. The smaller size inserts mean more inserts can be mounted to the same diameter cutters, which will greatly improve productivity over the existing BLMP 06 type under similar conditions. Available in Ø8(1z) and Ø10(2z) sizes.

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Guhring adds to hole-making portfolio

Guhring has developed the latest addition to its hole-making portfolio – the RT100XF. Created to reduce cycle times for difficult-to-machine materials and special applications in series production, the hard drilling line is said to be extremely resilient to potential breakages. This bold claim is based upon the carbide grade developed by Guhring for the RT100XF, which performs a balancing act between hardness and toughness.

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Hyundai Wia’s HS6300 high-speed horizontal machining center plus PLS (Pallet Load System)

The Hyundai Wia HS6300 horizontal machining center (630mm pallet) features a ‘T’ all-in-one structure bed designed with ample bed height and casting thickness to ensure the optimal level of rigidity. The double wall structure of the column is designed to prevent heat transformation, proving excellent in cutting performance and accuracy. The Hyundai Wia high-speed horizontal machining center has a maximum work area of 1 000mm high x 930mm diameter.

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Bystronic’s BySort add-on adds flexibility to unloading, sorting of laser-cut parts

BySort is the new extension module for the ByTrans Cross loading and unloading automation system. The upgrade sorts the completed cut parts and thus accelerates the automation cycle of all the processes related to fiber laser cutting. With the newly developed BySort upgrade, the ByTrans Cross is now an even more versatile unloading solution. An additional bridge is installed on the ByTrans Cross system, which can accommodate up to two sorting heads.

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