Mazak Southwest Event to Explore New Metalworking Tools and Techniques

The event will take place in Houston July 8 and 9.

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Mazak will host a “Discover More With Mazak” technology and education event at its Southwest Technology Center in Houston, Texas, July 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Intended for all manufacturing industry segments, the event will showcase the latest metalworking tools, technologies and techniques for enhancing productivity and versatility on the shop floor. 

More than 10 real-world machining demonstrations will take place throughout the two-day event, spotlighting the company’s latest advancements in Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning and CNC technologies. Mazak applications experts will also be available during the demonstrations to discuss new ways to streamline part-processing operations and sell metalworking capabilities.

Among the many event highlights will be the introduction of the Mazak Quick Turn Universal (QTU) Series to the Southwest region. These CNC turning centers, while basic in their design, feature technologies that are said to bring high productivity, precision and value to job shops focused on small part production.  The company cites an all-new turret design as one example.

The QTU Series consists of 2-axis models as well as upgraded machine configurations that include rotary tool milling, second spindles and Y-axis capability. According to the company, this provides affordability and performance in single-setup part manufacturing. The 2-axis QTU 350, which processes parts up to 16.25" in diameter, will be the model that represents the Series at the event. 

Also designed for price/performance ratio, the Vertical Center Universal 500A will demonstrate how its 3-axis machining and pallet-changing capabilities benefit small-parts processing at shops working with basic workpiece geometries.      

Another event will be the Integrex i-200ST Multi-Tasking machine. This model features the company’s Smooth Technology process-performance platform, which spans the entire part-production landscape, from programming to metal removal to data collection. The machine employs the new Mazatrol SmoothX CNC. Said to be four times faster than its predecessor, the CNC is particularly useful for simultaneous 5-axis operations and free-form die-mold machining. 

Attendees focused on large-part production will want to see demonstrations of the Quick Turn Nexus (QTN) 450-II MY and the new QTN 550MY. Both turning centers feature rotary milling and Y-axis capabilities to process long, large workpieces in single setups. 

Other machines at the event that will focus on large part production include: the Orbitec 20 that creates true turned surfaces on workpieces that are difficult to rotate, the Horizontal Center Nexus 6800-II that brings precision and value to high-volume operations, and the Vertical Traveling Column 250D/50 that features a powerful 50-taper, high-torque spindle, full traveling column and fixed table for machining extremely long and heavy workpieces.  

A special additive manufacturing display will focus on the company’s recently announced Integrex i-400AM Hybrid multitasking machine, which is said to provide an alternative to conventional design and machining.

Attendees will also be able to hear Mazak applications experts and industry partners discuss the latest advancements in manufacturing technology through a variety of presentations. Please note seating for the below presentations is limited so please register for the event as soon as possible.

Solutions for Lean Manufacturing 

July 8 | 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | Presented by MMT/ESPRIT

New Smooth Technology Platform

July 8 and July 9 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Presented by Mazak

GibbsCAM: What’s New for 2015?

July 8 | 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Presented by Texas Offline

New Sprint On-Machine Contact Scanning System

July 8 | 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM | Presented by Renishaw

Mastercam X9 Mill-Turn: Simple Programming for Today’s Complex Machines  

July 8 | 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Presented by MLC CAD Systems

Registration for the “Discover More With Mazak” event at the Southwest Technology Center is now open at www.mazakusa.com/moresouthwest