5-axis excellence – MACH 2022

The Kitamura MedCenter5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre
The Kitamura MedCenter5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre

With one of the most diverse portfolios of machine tools in the UK, Dugard will be introducing two 5-axis machines amongst its portfolio at this year’s MACH. The Kitamura MedCenter5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre for fast precise machining and the larger Dugard GTX-620 5-axis machining centre.

With vastly different configurations, the two machines will highlight just a small element of the expansive Dugard milling range.

The Kitamura MedCenter5AX 5-axis vertical machining centre is an extremely compact and versatile machine with X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 254 x 330 x 330mm over a 170mm diameter table. The machine incorporates a 30 to 30,000rpm spindle with an HSK-E40 spindle taper that is connected to a 40-tool ATC that can change tools in just 1.5 seconds. It also features a rapid traverse rate of 60m/minute and table rotation of 200rpm on the A- and C-axis along with a pallet change system.

With linear and rotary scales, 67 million pulse encoder technology and 16mm pitch ballscrews, the Kitamura MedCenter5AX is a precise and productive option. With a positional accuracy of ±2µm across the full stroke and repeatability of ±1µm, it is also claimed to be one of the most accurate machines on the market.

The Dugard GTX-620 for machining larger components
The Dugard GTX-620 for machining larger components

For the machining of larger components, Dugard will be introducing the GTX-620 simultaneous 5-axis machining centre. With X-, Y- and Z-axis travels of 620 x 520 x 460mm and the capacity to accept workpieces up to 700mm diameter on the table, the GTX-620 is the ideal complement to the smaller Kitamura MedCenter5AX on the stand.

Available with a FANUC or Siemens 840D CNC control system, spindle power up to 22kW a BT40 spindle taper and a 12,000rpm spindle motor, the Dugard GTX-620 is a powerful, productive and flexible machining solution for any machine shop.

The B-axis tilts from -50 to +110° with the C-axis capable of rotating a full 360° to a precision level of 0.001°. Despite the high specification on the Dugard GTX-620, the South Coast machine tool specialist can equip the machine with a range of optional extras to meet the needs of the end-user.

The options include linear scales, optical encoders, laser or contact tool length measurement, chip flushing, HSK63 20,000rpm or a 15,000rpm direct-drive spindles. As well as these two highly productive and flexible workhorses, Dugard will be introducing fixed and sliding head turning centres on its stand. 

Hall 20, Stand 640

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