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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Compact German Precision Machining Center Hits U.S. Shores

Datron Dynamics, which represents German machine tool manufacturer Datron AG in North America, is making the M8 Cube machining center available in the United States for the first time, American Machinist reports.

Datron describes the M8 Cube as a simplified, user-friendly machining center. Datron recommends the M8 Cube’s precision machining capabilities for the manufacture of aerospace components, medical parts and electronic system parts.

To accomplish this machine tool simplification while also increasing machining speed, reliability and durability, Datron has manufactured the M8 Cube with a direct drive for rapid cycle times. The M8 Cube is capable of feed rates up to 866 ipm, driving a “3-kW, 40,000-rpm, liquid-chilled spindle” that can achieve tolerances of less than 1 micron runout. An optional spray-mist coolant system can further curb thermal displacement problems.

The compact machining center takes up a 69-sq-in footprint but can handle large workpieces in its 40- by 28- by 9-in (X-, Y-, Z-axis) work area. Operators program the machine with a Windows-based software that is compatible with third-party automation controls. A large, flat-screen monitor is paired with a handheld controller or keyboard.

Ethernet networking allows the machine to be connected to a shop’s network for data analysis and remote monitoring purposes. Machine shops can also optimize the M8 Cube with extra features, including a 3-D probing system and automatic tool changers for up to 30 tools.

Check out the video above to see all of the M8 Cube’s features and the machining center in action.

Brian Lane


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