Five-Sided Solution for Job Shops

Hurco (Indianapolis, IN) will demonstrate its advanced control technology and efficient 5-sided/5-axis machining centers at the IMTS.

Hurco (Indianapolis, IN) will demonstrate its advanced control technology and efficient 5-sided/5-axis machining centers at the IMTS. Hurco has overcome the challenges that shops face in adopting 5-axis machining. The VMX30U provides a very affordable machine with X/Y/Z travels of 30/20/20.5 inches, a 12K spindle standard with 15K High Speed and 10K High Torque options available, a 24-station swing-arm automatic tool changer, and X/Y/Z rapids of 1,378/1,378/1,181 inches per minute.

Many shops believe that 5-axis technology is out of their reach, but over 80% of what many call 5-axis is really 5-sided machining used to reduce multiple part setups. Converting from a 3-axis machining center to a 5-axis machining for 5-sided machining promotes reduced setup times, cost savings, and higher volumetric accuracy. Hurco provides a unique solution with its WinMax® conversational programming, making it easy to create a part without an expensive 5-axis CAM system. The flexibility of Hurco’s patented control also allows shops to use existing 3-axis CAM systems to produce G-code programs for each side of a multi-sided part and then combine them with the simple addition of a transform plane code. Hurco also offers the ability to place part after part on the table without having to repost the G-code program by using tool center point management, a feature only found on high end controls. Given that the VMX30U is a full 5-axis simultaneous machine, shops also have the flexibility to move to full 5-axis contouring when they are ready.