American Machinist

True 5-axis contouring. (Technology Trends).

A NEW 5-AXIS HMC PROMISES TO shake up the world of high-speed machining, according to its manufacturer Moore Tool Co. Inc., Bridgeport, Conn. The portal-type FSP300X, which makes its debut at Eastec this month, features a fixed-position horizontal spindle and integral rotary axes. The rotary axes have direct-drive, liquid-cooled torque motors that let the two rotary axes keep pace with the three linear axes for challenging high-speed, 5-axis work.

"There are only a few machines in the world doing high-speed, 5-axis contouring," comments Ed Lockwood, team leader of standard products at Moore. "Most of the machines out there are basically 3-axis systems with a trunnion tilt table. …

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