MoldMaking Technology

DEC 2018

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Page 46 of 50 45 Five-Axis Machines Cut Cycle Time and Tooling Costs Makino's Sinker EDM technologies save cycle time and tool costs in die and mold component manufacturing using a five-axis continuous (5XC) machining approach. DAF and EDNC-Series machines feature improved Z-Axis Jump Speed that uses a core-cooled ball screw to achieve speeds of 20 meters per minute with a 1.5G acceleration for processing plastic-injection mold support rib details. The machines are also designed to reduce electrode wear and enable rough and finish EDM using a single electrode. In addition, the company's improved Hyper-i control enables easier and more productive EDM operation, Makino says. Off-line CAM software, called EDCAM, utilizes 3D CAD information for Sinker EDM programming. The company says that its 5XC approach to die and mold component manu- facturing results in greater cycle time savings, improvement in surface quality and reduced cutting tool costs by changing the milling cutter selection and eliminating the number of milling tools needed to complete a part. Makino / 800-552-3288 / Drill Has Coating to Facilitate Chip Evacuation OSG USA's A Brand represents a new evolution in cut- ting tool technology. OSG USA says that the A Brand is a tooling brand that is composed of OSG's latest high-performance threading, drilling and milling inno- vations. The A-Drill series features the Exocarb ADF drill. The Exocarb ADF enables one-step drilling to simplify machining time and tool management and is suitable for a wide variety of drilling applica- tions including inclined surfaces, curved surfaces, counter-boring, eccentric holes, thin plates and so on. The Exotap A-Tap Series is a tap line made from powdered metal HSS with OSG USA's proprietary coating that was developed to facilitate chip evacuation in a wide variety of work materials over a wide range of machining conditions. OSG USA / 800-837-2223 / AM Powder Designed to Create Conformal Cooling Channels Uddeholm announced the launch of Corrax additive manufacturing powder, a product designed for the additive manufacturing of tooling components. Uddeholm says that using Corrax additive manufacturing powder enables the creation of conformal cooling channels to reduce cycle times. Uddeholm maintains that Corrax powder is excellent for additive manufacturing tooling applications because of high demand, short run series and the ever-increasing need for shorter lead times. Uddeholm announces its 350th anniversary as a manufacturer of industrial tool steels in 2018. Based in Hagfors, Sweden, Uddeholm has delivered high- alloyed steels since opening in 1668. Uddeholm provides tooling solutions through technical know-how, advice and support to customers from over 90 countries around the world. Uddeholm serves customers in a wide range of industries, providing local stocking and technical support for tool steels, mold materials and specialty alloys. Uddeholm says that continuous development of new products and solutions has shaped the success of Uddeholm today. Uddeholm opened its first facility in the United States in 1925. Bohler-Uddeholm Corp. / 800-638-2520 / Compact Five-Axis Gantry Milling Machine Preassembled for Quick Startup Zimmerman's FZU five-axis gantry milling machine is a lightweight option for prototype, tool and moldmaking. The machine is particularly suitable for machining aluminum and casting resins like Ureol. The FZU is distinct from other Zimmerman machines like the FZ33 in that the FZU is a compact, preas- sembled machine that Zimmerman assembles in-house and then transports to the customer so that setup and startup require minimal effort. The FZU gantry machine is thermo-symmetrical, meaning that the milling spindle, guides and other accuracy-determining components are arranged so that their heating is either compensated or so that they can expand in uncriti- cal directions. The base frame consists of a steel-welded construction that forms a continuous U-shape. The machine gantry's centrally guided Z-slide has an octagonal section that makes it stable. The FZU five-axis gantry milling machine is approximately 3,500 mm x 7,500 mm x 5,000 mm with a weight of approximately 35 tons. The machine includes the new VH10 milling head, which achieves an extremely high-power density. The VH10 head replaces the VH12, which is not a Zimmermann product. Zimmermann / 248-305-9707 /

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