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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Makino Releases High-Precision Machining Centers for Medical Parts Production

Makino N2 series

Source: Makino.

Machine-tool manufacturer Makino has released a new series of horizontal CNC Machines designed for machining small parts that require tight tolerances.

The N2 and N2-5Xa horizontal CNC machine centers are compact high-precision units that take up about one-fifth of a typical machining center’s floor space. The N2 series occupies 26 square feet, including the coolant tank and chip management components.

“A traditional 400mm horizontal machining center can require upwards of 125 square feet of floor space, which is a lot to dedicate to the production of parts that can fit in the palm of your hand,” said David Ward, Makino horizontal product manager, in a statement.

The N2 series is intended for medical component manufacturing under high-precision, tight-tolerance conditions. The four-axis N2 features a cylindrical work envelope of 400 millimeters by 400 millimeters, within which the X-, Y- and Z-axes travel within a 300 millimeter by 300 millimeter by 230 millimeter area in a 300 millimeter diameter direct-drive rotary table. The five-axis N2-5XA has the same linear axes as the N2, with additional A and B rotary axes.

Both the N2 and N2-5XA have a 20,000-rpm HSK-40 spindle that can reach top speed in 0.8 seconds. The machining centers have stacked axis design so that the spindle conducts all linear motion to reduce workpiece movement.

You can watch a video of the N2-5XA in action below.

Brian Lane

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