The ShapeSmart®NP50 is a 5-axis Precision Cylindrical Pinch/Peel grinding machine with integrated 3-axis robot loader and grinding diameter range from 0.025 – 25 mm (.001"– 1").
The ShapeSmart®NP50 is ideal for cutting tool blank preparation as well as punch and mold applications requiring complex geometry and high length-to-diameter ratios.
- Patented grinding method, simultaneous rough and finish operations
- Peel grinding of non-round punches (patented)
- Ability to grind flats and threads
- Widest grinding range 0.03mm to 25mm
- Super fast and easy to setup. Typical setup time is 10min (including blanks with mulitsteps)
- Unmatched diameter/length ratio up to 400 x D
- Perfect tool runnout within micron mm thanks to unique tool guiding system
- Precision and size constancy in production of 0.001mm
- Full software package included in the machine price
- Ability to grind double ended blanks automatically
- 10 different program available for one setup
- Fast and reliable tool loading system. Simple and fast to setup compare to 6 axis robot. Easy to service
- Free software upgrade during entire machine life time
The unique kinematics of the ShapeSmart®NP50 allow for precise pinch and peel grinding at a highly flexible level for a wide variety of parts such as cutting tool blanks, boring bar blanks, threaded parts, flats as well as non-round punches.
The concept of this machine offers the advantage of carrying out all these operations in one chucking.
Related Glossary Terms
Enlarging a hole that already has been drilled or cored. Generally, it is an operation of truing the previously drilled hole with a single-point, lathe-type tool. Boring is essentially internal turning, in that usually a single-point cutting tool forms the internal shape. Some tools are available with two cutting edges to balance cutting forces.
- boring bar
Essentially a cantilever beam that holds one or more cutting tools in position during a boring operation. Can be held stationary and moved axially while the workpiece revolves around it, or revolved and moved axially while the workpiece is held stationary, or a combination of these actions. Installed on milling, drilling and boring machines, as well as lathes and machining centers.
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.
- grinding machine
Powers a grinding wheel or other abrasive tool for the purpose of removing metal and finishing workpieces to close tolerances. Provides smooth, square, parallel and accurate workpiece surfaces. When ultrasmooth surfaces and finishes on the order of microns are required, lapping and honing machines (precision grinders that run abrasives with extremely fine, uniform grits) are used. In its “finishing” role, the grinder is perhaps the most widely used machine tool. Various styles are available: bench and pedestal grinders for sharpening lathe bits and drills; surface grinders for producing square, parallel, smooth and accurate parts; cylindrical and centerless grinders; center-hole grinders; form grinders; facemill and endmill grinders; gear-cutting grinders; jig grinders; abrasive belt (backstand, swing-frame, belt-roll) grinders; tool and cutter grinders for sharpening and resharpening cutting tools; carbide grinders; hand-held die grinders; and abrasive cutoff saws.
Measure of length that is equal to one-millionth of a meter.