Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- conversational programming
Method for using plain English to produce G-code file without knowing G-code in order to program CNC machines.
Rate of change of position of the tool as a whole, relative to the workpiece while cutting.
- machining center
CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.
- metalcutting ( material cutting)
metalcutting ( material cutting)
Any machining process used to part metal or other material or give a workpiece a new configuration. Conventionally applies to machining operations in which a cutting tool mechanically removes material in the form of chips; applies to any process in which metal or material is removed to create new shapes. See metalforming.
- work envelope
Cube, sphere, cylinder or other physical space within which the cutting tool is capable of reaching.
Mazak Corp. has further enhanced the VTC-300C Vertical Machining Center with the addition of the MAZATROL SmoothG CNC and its suite of SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY software solutions. The new control complements the VTC-300C’s full traveling-column design, automatic tool changer and powerful 40-taper spindle, all of which combine to enable fast cycle times and accurate machining for extremely long and heavy workpieces in industries such as construction, agriculture and energy production.
Job shops and major manufacturers alike will benefit from the VTC-300C’s new MAZATROL SmoothG CNC and its innovative programming, performance and monitoring functions, as well as the ability to use both EIA/ISO and conversational programming to bring optimum speed and accuracy to complex part production. Advanced hardware – including a pivoting CNC panel and intuitive, 19" multi-touch LCD control screen – allows for complete ease of use, while a CFast memory card stores up to 32GB of program data.
The new control complements the existing VTC-300C machine platform, which delivers a standard 15,000-rpm, 30-hp (10 percent ED, 110 nM) 40-taper spindle capable of handling a wide variety of metalcutting applications. Additionally, the machine and waycover design has been enhanced to provide 1,582-ipm rapid feed rates on all axes. Its fixed 78.74" by 30" table provides process flexibility for a range of applications, while an optional center partition can divide the work envelope into two separate work areas to allow the machine to be in cycle in one area while loading, unloading or setting up a part in the other. The machine’s axis travels are 65.35" in X, 30" in Y and 25.6" in Z.
For additional process flexibility, manufacturers can double the standard 24-tool automatic toolchanger’s capacity with an optional 48-tool magazine or upgrade the spindle to a 50-hp, 20,000-rpm integral spindle. Plus, standard integration of Intelligent Thermal Shield (ITS) software helps maintain machine accuracy in a wide range of factory environments. The VTC-300C machine can also be seamlessly integrated into a variety of robotically loaded solutions provided by Mazak Automation Systems, and its new SmoothG control makes it easy to take advantage of machine monitoring software like SMOOTH Link and IIoT connectivity tools like MTConnect and the Mazak SmartBox.