Cutting Tool Engineering

December 2012 / IMTS 2012 Roundup


GF AgieCharmilles showcases latest innovations
Cutting Tool Engineering
The Drill 300’s 6-axis configuration enables drilling round and other-shaped cooling holes in aerospace blades and vanes.

GF AgieCharmilles demonstrated its latest innovations in high-performance, high-speed milling and advancements in wire and sinker EDMing. The company demonstrated several milling machines, including the Mikron HPM 450U with a pallet changer, the Mikron HPM 1350U with a Siemens CNC and the Mikron HSM 400U LP with a pallet changer.

The Lincolnshire, Ill.,-based company’s EDMs include the CUT 2000 AWC with an automatic wire changer and Drill 300.

The Drill 300 applies electrodes from 0.012" to 0.12" in diameter and incorporates several advanced technologies to precisely EDM difficult-to-machine materials, including Inconel, titanium, steel and carbide, according to the company. The machine has a Z-axis travel of 17.72" to maximize autonomy and a ±45° tilting head to drill angled holes.

The Drill 300’s 6-axis configuration enables drilling round and other-shaped cooling holes in aerospace blades and vanes, while its indexing table allows producing holes in a circular pattern.

The company also highlighted how its Uptime+ program can offer high levels of productivity through applications expertise, comprehensive training technical assistance and preventive maintenance.

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