American Machinist

Shop gets unexpected hard-milling surprise. (Casebooks).

WHILE LOOKING FOR A MACHINE TO SPEED EDM-electrode making, Reny & Company Inc. was exposed to the concept of high-speed hard milling. As a result, the El Monte, Calif., moldmaking shop now cuts its electrodes and machines hard molds and dies with the same machining center.

"A couple of years ago, we were looking for CNC EDM capability and were close to making a machine purchase when I realized that EDM wasn't where my backlog existed. It was in fabricating electrodes," says Steve Raiken, company president. The surprise came when Reto Fehr, regional sales manager for Mikron Bostomatic, made a sales call at Reny.

"He touted the Mikron VCP 600 high-speed machining center, saying that it would not only cut our electrodes but also machine hard steel as well," recalls Raiken. …

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