At the 2013 Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West Show, running in February at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, Mazak will demonstrate how its advanced Multi-Tasking and 5-axis technologies can accurately machine small, highly complex medical parts, and significantly reduce design-to-market time for quickly fulfilling patient needs.
Show attendees who visit Mazak booth 3189 will experience the new Integrex i-100ST Multi-Tasking machining center and Vertical Center Nexus Compact 5-axis vertical machining center. Both are small-footprint, high-speed machines that Mazak designed to provide high levels of precision and productivity as well as superior surface finishes when cutting tough materials, such as stainless steel, Inconel, and titanium.
Both machines use Mazak’s new Matrix 2 CNC control specifically designed for optimized 5-axis machining. The control is a Level 3 control in Mazak’s 3-4-5 “The Next Level of Productivity” manufacturing solution. The 3-4-5 solution is the industry’s most comprehensive grouping of manufacturing resources and one that encompasses Mazak’s 3 Levels of Control, 4 Levels of Automation and 5 Levels of Multi-Tasking. 3-4-5 allows manufacturers to effectively identify the right level of technology needed for improving their specific operations and advancing productivity to the next level.
Within the Matrix 2 CNC control are enhanced hardware and software functionalities that make the control easy to use while also delivering high accuracy and increased productivity. Control hardware performance is much faster with higher processing speeds for small increment operation. Furthermore, a 5-axis spline interpolation function in the control’s software provides smooth toolpaths from long block-by-block programs, easy tool vector control, and shorter cycle times, as well as superior surface finishes.