5-Axis Vertical Machining Center
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.
Hurco has a host of many features designed to make 5-sided and 5-axis more efficient.
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!
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.
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.
|Spindle Nose to Table||5.9″ – 21.7″|
|Max Load||550 lbs|
|Spindle Type||Direct Drive|
|Spindle Speed||12,000 RPM|
|Spindle Torque||35.3 ft/lbs|
|Spindle Motor||10 HP|
|Coolant Thru Spindle||Optional|
|Rapid Traverse (X/Y/Z)||945/945/945 ipm|
|Max. Tool Diameter||3.1″|
|Max. Tool Length||9.8″|
|Tool to Tool ATC Time||2.5 seconds|
|Air Pressure||3-15 CFM @ 80-100 psi|
|Machine Net Weight||18,520 lbs|
|Operating Dimensions||163″ x 141.9″ x 115.3″|