Hybrid Wire EDM

Sodick (Schaumburg, IL) has partnered with waterjet manufacturer Flow International Corp. (Seattle, WA) to develop the Hybrid Wire EDM, which drastically improves the cutting speed of wire EDM by combining the ultra-high precision machining of wire EDM with the high-speed machining of waterjet cutting.

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Sodick (Schaumburg, IL) has partnered with waterjet manufacturer Flow International Corp. (Seattle, WA) to develop the Hybrid Wire EDM, which drastically improves the cutting speed of wire EDM by combining the ultra-high precision machining of wire EDM with the high-speed machining of waterjet cutting. Features include a rough cutting speed that is 20 times faster than wire-cutting and initial hole cutting and disposal of core are performed ready for automated operation. The machine can be applied to any three different requirements—such as waterjet cutting only, wire cutting only or combined machining with waterjet and wire-cutting. The machine also can be installed at small sites since it only requires one footprint; and the environmentally-safe graphite cutting does not diffuse particles. Furthermore, the core, produced during transfer-press manufacturing, drops naturally. This also helps achieve automated operation. In short, once a hardened steel plate is set on the machine, all of the machining—from initial hole cutting, core handling and finishing—is performed automatically without operator intervention.