Mazak’s versatile VARIAXIS i-300 simultaneous 5-axis vertical machining center is now even more flexible and efficient with the addition of a high-capacity auto work changer (AWC). Designed for automated small- to medium-size part-processing operations, the new VARIAXIS i-300 AWC is suitable for machining aluminum and other nonferrous metals for a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical and automotive.
The machine comes standard with a multiple drum tool storage system that holds up to 145 tools, while the AWC with 32 positions accommodates workpieces up to 13.779” in diameter, 12.401” high and weighing up to 135 lbs. This combination of ample tool and workpiece storage capacities allows even the busiest shops to achieve continuous unmanned operation and single-setup, DONE IN ONE® processing. As production needs increase, shops can expand the AWC and tool storage capacities to 40 workpieces and 505 tools (in increments of 60 tools), respectively. Despite this large capacity, the machine has a significantly smaller footprint thanks to its stacking 30-tool drum magazines.
In addition to its new features, the VARIAXIS i-300 AWC builds upon the existing success of the VARIAXIS Series. Its standard 12,000-rpm spindle is available in speeds up to 30,000 rpm, and its integral spindle/motor design and temperature-controlled coolant enable vibration-free, high-speed operation. The machine’s trunnion-style rotary table guarantees high rigidity and accuracy in the A and C axes, while its compact spindle cartridge, cam-driven tool changer, ballscrew core cooling and MX Hybrid Roller Guide System all contribute to operator ease of use and machining precision.
The VARIAXIS i-300 AWC features Mazak’s MAZATROL SmoothX CNC. Its software solutions include the SMOOTH Energy Dashboard to help shops meet sustainability goals, SMOOTH Thermal Shield and MAZACHECK to calibrate temperature and axes alignment respectively, and multiple-touch capacitive screens for searching through and modifying cutting programs. The latest addition to the SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY suite is SMOOTH AWC, which keeps track of present and future tool resources, both at the machine and, with the addition of an optional interface, at an external PC, which allows for continuous unmanned operation.
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.
Fluid that reduces temperature buildup at the tool/workpiece interface during machining. Normally takes the form of a liquid such as soluble or chemical mixtures (semisynthetic, synthetic) but can be pressurized air or other gas. Because of water’s ability to absorb great quantities of heat, it is widely used as a coolant and vehicle for various cutting compounds, with the water-to-compound ratio varying with the machining task. See cutting fluid; semisynthetic cutting fluid; soluble-oil cutting fluid; synthetic cutting fluid.
- machining center
CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.