Cutting Tool Engineering

December 2012 / IMTS 2012 Roundup

Datron Dynamics unveils high-speed machining center
Cutting Tool Engineering
Datron’s M8 Cube offers feed rates up to 866 ipm.

Datron Dynamics introduced M8 Cube, a German-engineered, high-speed machining center. Brushless, direct drives provide fast acceleration, feed rates up to 866 ipm and short cycle times, the Milford, N.H.-based company reported.

A 3kW, 40,000-rpm, liquid-chilled spindle delivers high horsepower for heavy machining, as well as the flexibility to mill a range of materials. HSK-E 25 toolholders offer less than 1µm runout.

The machine measures 69"×69" and features a work area of 40"×28"×9". This allows for multiple setups and accommodates Datron’s integrated workholding systems, automation and rotary axes.

The M8 Cube is controlled by Windows-based software that has the flexibility to integrate with third-party software and automation systems. Operation indicator lights in the gantry and control provide visible machine status, eliminating the need for additional light sticks.

Other options include a spray-mist coolant system, integrated 3-D probing and automatic toolchangers with up to 30 stations and tool-length sensing. The M8 Cube is suitable for producing high to low volumes of electronic, aerospace and medical parts, as well as industrial engravings, according to the company.

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