Mazak introduces micro-precise highspeed machining
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productive machine tool solutions. Mazak’s new Ultimate Die & Mold (UD) 400/5X Vertical Machining Center delivers incredibly precise 5-axis machining in a small footprint platform. Ideal for mould and die components in several industry sectors, the machine sports a rigid base and double-column symmetrical construction that allow its state-of-the-art spindle to reach the highest levels of precision and speed.
The integral 45,000 rpm spindle, powered by an 18.5-HP motor, features temperature-controlled cooling oil that circulates through the spindle housing to ensure stability for even the longest periods of high-speed operation. Ballscrew core cooling controls the temperature further, while 16 temperature sensors throughout the machine detect any other heat build-up. The machine’s thermal shield also controls for environmental temperature fluctuations.
The machine’s tilt/rotary table accommodates workpieces weighing up to 264.55 lbs and measuring up to 15.75” in diameter and 11.81” high, and it gives the machine its full simultaneous 5-axis capability. The table’s B and C axes both utilise direct-drive motors that eliminate vibration and heat build-up while enabling rapid traverse rates of 60 and 150 rpm in the B & C axis respectively. Axis travels for X, Y and Z measure 15.75”, 21.65” and 13.78”, respectively. The UD-400/5X also includes high-accuracy scale feedback on all its linear and rotary axes as well as highspecification linear guides for smooth movement. Optional machine features such as tool nose control and cutting point control enable further optimisation and accuracy, while a 40-tool magazine supports continuous done in one-part productivity.
Mazak pairs the UD-400/5X with its Mazatrol SmoothX CNC control for a high degree of precision and performance especially for machining dies and molds. The control’s suite of smooth technology functions includes Variable Acceleration Control (VAC) to allow operators to utilise the high-speed linear axes when possible, Seamless Corner Control (SCC) to optimise acceleration and deceleration around corners and the Active Vibration Control (AVC) to minimise vibrations at the program level. All of which combine to significantly reduce cycle times and boost part accuracy.
The UD-400/5X has won the main prize as “One of the best 10 products in Japan in 2017” awards, held by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd., one of the leading industrial newspapers in Japan. The UD-400/5X is a high accuracy 5-axis machining center designed for high speed micro-precision machining. The high speed spindle provides higher productivity and double column construction ensures high accuracy over extended periods of operation.
Mazak iSmart Factory to be the most advanced and efficient in the industry, providing high-quality and reliable products through its “Production-On-Demand” practice. Mazak maintains 8 technology centers across North America to provide local handson applications, service and sales support to customers.
Today, Mazak leads the way with its SmartBox and the iSmart Factory. Its smooth technology is bringing advanced manufacturing to job shops with products like Smooth Link and Smooth MMP, while the line-up of machine tools has expanded to include advanced manufacturing technologies like friction stir welding and multilaser metal deposition. Meanwhile, its automation solutions have dramatically improved productivity and decreased non-cut time for manufacturers across the country and around the world.