Hurco VC500i - D and R Machinery - Arizona CNC Machine Tools
Hurco VC500i
2015
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Hurco VC500i

5-Axis Vertical Machining Center

VC500i 5-axis Cantilever Style Machine

 

The Hurco VC500i 5-axis cantilever style CNC mill offers maximum flexibility. It starts with a heavy, ribbed frame made of fine grain, high-grade cast iron. The double-nut, pre-tensioned ballscrews are anchored at both ends for increased accuracy and rigidity. The VC500i provides superior cutting performance with the ability to use shorter tools, while maintaining high rigidity and reduced vibration characteristics. Reduce setup time and save money with less fixture preparation. Exceptional cutting feed rates are achieved with patented high-speed motion technology – resulting in the fastest cut with the best surface finish.

 

Main Specs:

  • Travel:  20.5″ x 17.7″ x 15.8″
  • B-Axis: +/-110º
  • Table Diameter: 19.7″
  • Spindle:  12,000 RPM
  • Tool Capacity:  30 CAT40
  • Machine Weight:  18,520 lbs

 

Advanced 5-Axis Control Technology

Hurco has a host of many features designed to make 5-sided and 5-axis more efficient.

  • Tool Center Point Management eliminates the need to account for the machining center’s centerlines of rotation. Instead, you simply use the solid model zero location. Post the program independent of where the stock is fixtured on the table.
  • Transform Plane calculates the other locations for each of the rotary moves after you locate part zero. The control software only needs you to define part zero one time, and it figures out all of the other part zero locations automatically.
  • 3-D Tool Compensation eliminates the need to repost the program in order to adjust the tool diameter because of wear. For 3D surfaces, machinists cut off the tool’s centerline to obtain a better surface finish and preserve tool life. This feature allows you to compensate for wear without the need to repost.
  • Tool Path Linearization eliminates gouging of the workpiece and the line segments in the form of XYZBC or AC moves that a CAM system uses, which results in a smoother surface finish and a smaller program.
  • Tool Vector Input allows the control to compute machine angles and positions, and calculates the angle the tool is going to tilt from the contact point of the surface. This means the part program is machine independent.
  • Tool Vector Retract tells the spindle to retract out of the hole or pocket along the tool vector angle, which eliminates tool breakage and/or damage to the part.

 

We OWN 5-Axis + 5-Sided


At Hurco, we are immersed in 5-axis technology. We have carved out a niche in this arena because we made a commitment fifteen years ago to focus on 5-axis. We determined this type of machining center, combined with the capabilities of our control, would make our customers more profitable. Similar to the transition from manual mills to CNC mills, we believe the time is right for shops across the country to increase profit margin by investing in 5-axis.

 

Because we listened to our customers’ reservations about switching from a 3-axis process to 5-axis, we assembled a 5-axis applications team with a dedicated phone number and email to help. If you do NOT OWN a 5-axis machining center, the most important message you need to know: 5-sided machining on a 5-axis machining center will increase the profit margin of the parts you are producing on your 3-axis machining centers. The Hurco control makes programming easy for 5-sided—NO CAM needed!

Don’t Get Left Behind

 

According to benchmark data from Modern Machine Shop magazine, 24% of the highest performing shops in the U.S. are using 5-axis positioning. Hurco has carved out a niche in the 5-axis arena due to years of research and development. When we decide where to invest our resources at Hurco, our primary criteria are customer productivity and profitability. We evaluate the past, the present, and the possibilities of the future to determine what technology will benefit our customers the most. Nearly a decade ago, we determined that 5-axis machining warranted our attention and set a path to become the experts. We continue to lead the industry in developing control technology that optimizes the process for full 5-axis and 5-sided (3+2).

 

As our industry transitioned from manual to CNC milling, many shops got left behind. The transition from 3-axis to 5-axis may prove to be a similar situation. At the very least, you should evaluate the benefits of integrating 5-sided processes into your operation. With 5-sided, also called 3+2, you reduce setup time, increase accuracy, and expand your shop’s capability for future simultaneous 5-axis work.

 

When you invest in a Hurco 5-axis CNC machining center, you get two machines in one. A machine that will immediately increase the profit margin of the parts you’re producing on a 3-axis machining center via powerful 5-sided programming (no CAM needed) and a rigid machine that is fully compatible with CAD/CAM packages for simultaneous 5-axis.

 

Features

 

The VC500i cantilever 5-axis machine is equipped with CTS and linear scales, a 10k spindle, and B-axis travel of +110/-110 degrees. Powerful 5-axis/5-sided control features make the transition from conventional 3-axis machining easy.

 

Standard

  • Heavily Ribbed Fine-Grade Cast Iron Frame Optimized with Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Linear roller guideways
  • Double-Nut Pre-Tensioned Ballscrews Anchored at Both Ends
  • 12,000 RPM In-Line Spindle
  • CAT40 Spindle
  • Chip Auger
  • Yaskawa Sigma V Digital AC Servos
  • Fast 945 ipm Rapid Traverse Rates (X,Y, Z)
  • Electric Swing-arm 30 Station ATC – Random Access
  • 2.5 Second Tool-to-Tool ATC Time

  • Door Safety Interlocks / ANSI B11.23
  • Pistol-style Coolant and Air Guns
  • Metal Telescopic Way Covers
  • Automatic Central Lubrication System
  • Way Lube Separation System
  • Modular One-Piece ITX Control Rack
  • Linear Glass Scales
  • Coolant Washdown System
  • Oil Skimmer
  • Spindle Thermal Chiller
  • 2.7GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 4GB RAM Memory
  • 128GB Solid State Hard Drive
  • 12 Months Parts and 6 Months Labor Warranty

 

Hurco VC500i Machine Specifications

 

 Travel
X-Axis 20.5″
Y-Axis 17.7″
Z-Axis 15.8″
Spindle Nose to Table 5.9″ – 21.7″
Table
Dimensions 19.7″ diameter
Max Load 550 lbs
B-Axis Motion +/-110º
C-Axis Motion 360º

 Spindle
Spindle Type Direct Drive
Spindle Speed 12,000 RPM
Spindle Torque 35.3 ft/lbs
Spindle Motor 10 HP
Coolant Thru Spindle Optional
Spindle Taper CAT40
Feed Rate
Rapid Traverse (X/Y/Z) 945/945/945 ipm

B-Axis/C-Axis

25/25 RPM

 ATC
Capacity 30 Tools
Max. Tool Diameter 3.1″
Max. Tool Length 9.8″
Tool to Tool ATC Time 2.5 seconds
Requirements
Air Pressure 3-15 CFM @ 80-100 psi
Power Consumption TBA
Machine Net Weight 18,520 lbs
Operating Dimensions 163″ x 141.9″ x 115.3″