Mazak to exhibit VARIAXIS i-600 at Autosport Engineering
Yamazaki Mazak is returning to Autosport Engineering 2014 with the new VARIAXIS i-600 5-axis multi-tasking machine, which will be cutting live on the stand throughout the show.
Mazak has a long history of supplying CNC machine tools to the motorsport sector, most notably its relationship with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as the Formula One team’s Official Supplier of CNC machine tools. There are currently 25 Mazak machines in operation at the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey.
The VARIAXIS i-600 simultaneous 5-axis machining centre provides high speed and high accuracy machining by the use of dynamic movement of the linear and rotational axes. Rapid traverse rates of 60/60/56m/mm in the X-,Y-, Z-axes, combined with a powerful 12,000rpm main spindle help to ensure the highest levels of productivity.
Accuracy is achieved with the use of a full cast structure and gantry configuration which ensures optimum rigidity with no Y-axis overhang. In addition, roller gear cam technology and linear roller guides are utilised for enhanced positioning accuracy and reduced friction.
Cooled ballscrews ensure stable machining accuracy over extended periods of high speed operations. The Intelligent Thermal Shield (ITS) recognises and adapts to changes in the ambient temperature automatically compensating to maintain accuracy. All VARIAXIS machines are equipped with Active Vibration Control (AVC) for reduced tool-nose vibration and wear as well as high quality machined surface finishes.
Further, the VARIAXIS i-600 offers the largest work envelope in its class and is capable of machining a workpiece of up to 700mm in diameter and 450mm high.
Richard Smith, Managing Director UK & Ireland Sales Division, for Yamazaki Mazak commented: 'We are proud that Mazak is the machine of choice for so many motorsport manufacturers.
'The sector demands the highest machining speeds with no compromise on component quality or accuracy. The VARIAXIS i-600 is ideally suited to this environment combining best-in-class spindle speeds, roller gear cam and rapid traverse rates, with state-of-the-art technology, such as Intelligent Thermal Shield and Active Vibration Control, to ensure consistent accuracy and positioning.'
He continued: 'Mazak has a track record of bringing its latest machine tools to Autosport Engineering and we are confident that many of the unique capabilities of the VARIAXIS will be of great interest to engineers in the sector.'