5-Axis Vertical Machining Center
The Hurco VMX42SWi 5-Axis CNC mill offers maximum flexibility. The SW series of 5-axis CNC mills offers multiple advantages, starting with the machine’s design configuration that utilizes a swivel head. Heavier digital servo drives, larger ball screws, and larger linear rails increase accuracy and deliver superb surface finish. Exceptional cutting feed rates are achieved with patented high-speed motion technology – resulting in the fastest cut with the best surface finish.
The design of the swivel head 5-axis machining center makes the SR the best choice for certain applications.
Versatility. The large rotary table provides versatility that allows you to use the extra table space for secondary operations or 3-axis work.
Heavier Parts. Because the table is stationary, the swivel head/rotary table 5-axis machining centers are typically preferred when machining heavier parts.
Better chip control. With the swivel head/rotary table configuration, you can run the machine horizontally and gain better chip control.
Unlimited angular movement of C-axis. With a swivel head/rotary table 5-axis machining center, it is extremely important to make sure the table (C-axis) supports unlimited angular movement. For example, if you are machining down a steep wall and going around the part, the table needs to rotate in a continuous motion. If the C-axis is limited to +360 / -360 degrees of motion, it will literally need to unwind at regular intervals to machine the part. Conversely, the tables on the Hurco SR 5-axis mills are built with unlimited and continuous rotation because our focus from design to delivery is to maximize productivity and profitability for our customers.
Tool access for swept surfaces and complex contours. There are certain applications, such as impellers or turbines, when it is beneficial to approach the part from underneath. When you mill uphill, as it is sometimes called, the base of the spindle is lower than the tool tip. The B-axis tilting head with the C-axis rotary table of the SR machining center supports this type of cutting strategy, whereas a trunnion style 5-axis mill doesn’t.
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 SR series of 5-axis CNC mills offers multiple advantages, starting with the machine’s design configuration that utilizes a swivel head with either an A or C style rotary table. The generous size of the rotary table provides maximum versatility because you can use the extra table space for secondary operations or 3-axis work.
|B-Axis (Swivel Head)||+/-90º|
|Dimensions||50″ x 24″|
|Max Load||3,000 lbs|
|T-Slots||5 x .71 on 3.94″ Centers|
|Spindle Speed||12,000 RPM|
|Spindle Torque||87 ft/lbs|
|Spindle Motor||48 HP|
|Coolant Thru Spindle||Optional|
|Rapid Traverse (X/Y/Z)||1,378/1,378/1,181 ipm|
|Max. Tool Diameter||3.0″|
|Max. Tool Length||9.8″|
|Tool to Tool ATC Time||2 seconds|
|Air Pressure||5 CFM @ 80-100 psi|
|Power Consumption||44 KVA|
|Machine Net Weight||15,686 lbs|
|Operating Dimensions||181” x 157.4” x 124.3”|