Ultimate Die & Mold (UD) 400/5X 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center

December 11, 2019
Ultimate Die & Mold (UD) 400/5X 5-Axis Vertical Machining Center

Mazak Corp.'s Ultimate Die & Mold (UD) 400/5X 5-axis vertical machining center is suitable for applications ranging from medical and dental instruments to mold and die components and beyond. The machine sports a rigid composite base and double-column symmetrical construction that allow its state-of-the-art spindle to reach high levels of precision and speed.

The integral 45,000-rpm HSK-E40 spindle, powered by an 18.5-hp motor, features temperature-controlled cooling oil that circulates through the spindle housing to ensure stability for even the longest periods of high-speed operation. Ballscrew core cooling controls the temperature further, while 16 temperature sensors throughout the machine
detect any other thermal displacement. The machine’s thermal shield also controls for environmental temperature fluctuations.

The machine’s tilt/rotary table, which gives the machine its full simultaneous 5-axis capability, accommodates workpieces weighing up to 264.55 lbs and measuring up to 15.75” in diameter and 11.81" high. The table’s B and C axes both utilize direct-drive motors, enabling rapid traverse rates of 60 rpm in the B-axis and 150 rpm in the C-axis.
Axis travels for X, Y and Z measure 15.75”, 21.65” and 13.78”, respectively. The UD-400/5X also includes high-accuracy scale feedback on all its linear and rotary axes, as well as high-specification linear guides for smooth movement.

Mazak pairs the UD-400/5X with its Mazatrol SmoothX CNC for a high degree of precision and performance, especially for machining dies and molds. The control’s suite of Smooth Technology functions includes variable acceleration control to allow operators to utilize the high-speed linear axes when possible, seamless corner control to optimize acceleration and deceleration around corners and active vibration control to minimize vibrations at the program level. All of these functions may be combined to significantly reduce cycle times and boost part accuracy.

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.

  • machining center

    machining center

    CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.

  • rapid traverse

    rapid traverse

    Movement on a CNC mill or lathe that is from point to point at full speed but, usually, without linear interpolation.