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XYZ delivers milestone machine to Dyson
XYZ delivers milestone machine to Dyson

XYZ delivers milestone machine to Dyson

Added to MTDCNC by XYZ Machine Tools on 11 April 2014

XYZ Machine Tools has marked its 30th anniversary by delivering its 5000th XYZ ProTurn lathe, in the form of a ProTurn SLX 425 machine to world leading design and technology company Dyson. The machine will be used to further expand the company’s prototype machining capacity at its Malmesbury headquarters.

Speaking as the machine was delivered, Nigel Atherton, XYZ Machine Tools’ Managing Director, said: 'We are extremely proud to have reached this milestone in machine sales with the ProTURN range and, for this machine to be delivered to Dyson, a long-standing customer of our ProtoTRAK machines is the icing on the cake.'

The ProTURN range covers machines from small training lathes through to large, 3 metre bed, capacity machines, and are all controlled by the ProtoTRAK control system. This easy-to-use control is extremely popular with companies producing one-off and prototype work as the speed of programming, when compared to convention G-code systems is straightforward and extremely quick. Something that attracted Dyson to the XYZ range some 13 years ago, when it bought its first ProTurn lathe.

'At Dyson we use an iterative design process, trying something over and over, and changing one small variable at a time. It’s trial and error. We’ll often make thousands of individual prototypes before a new technology is ready for release' says Steve Tremlin, Dyson’s Head of Prototyping (UK). '13 years ago Dyson introduced a CNC machine to its research and development facility for the first time – a ProTURN 410. It’s still running eight hours a day, alongside lots of other high tech machines as we develop more technology than ever before.'

The XYZ ProTURN lathes have played an important part in the prototype work undertaken by Dyson, allowing it to bring all of its machining in-house and reducing lead times on development work by as much as 70 per cent compared to producing the parts on manual machines. 'Some prototype parts would take days to turn around, now we can see the finished part in a matter of hours,' says Steve Tremlin. 'Increasing the pace at which we test designs and develop new technology requires reliable prototyping machinery, and machines that can adapt as technology changes. XYZ machines are reliable, easily serviced and can be retrofitted with additional tools to keep them up-to-date with developments in prototyping techniques'.

In February, Dyson announced a blueprint for the largest expansion in its 20 year history. The possible £250m investment could double the size of Dyson’s Wiltshire research and development centre, and create 3,000 new science and engineering jobs in the UK.  Dyson’s prototyping facility in Malmesbury accounts for about 70 engineers out of a total of 1,000 at their UK headquarters – a facility set to grow, along with new machining centres if the expansion goes ahead.

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