CNC Machining Center For 1/4-Inch Tools Or Less

Datron’s excelsiorLite is designed for manufacturers who need high-speed technology but, for budget reasons, are unable to afford a machining center made exclusively for small tooling of ¼" and less. The machining center has an aluminum bed rather than a granite table. While this does impact rigidity to some extent, this may not be critical to every application, the company says.

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Datron’s excelsiorLite is designed for manufacturers who need high-speed technology but, for budget reasons, are unable to afford a machining center made exclusively for small tooling of ¼" and less. The machining center has an aluminum bed rather than a granite table. While this does impact rigidity to some extent, this may not be critical to every application, the company says. The center comes standard with a 1.2 kW, 30,000-rpm spindle; 20" × 20" machining area; five-tool ATC; Windows-based 3D control software; C3 1-GHz PC with 256 MB RAM; 15" CRT; keyboard and controller; Ethernet; CD-ROM and USB ports; remote monitoring capability; enclosure with safety lock-out and a six-month limited warranty. The machining table and full enclosure feature a solid steel base for safety and stability. The X, Y, Z agility is facilitated by a hand-held controller. Also, the center has a precision ballscrew for accuracy. Drives are covered and protected from chips and debris, which minimizes vibration and maximizes accuracy. The center has the durability and speed to machine non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper and brass because the high rpm rate evacuates chips and the heat associated with them from the cutting channel. The results are lower machining forces and less vibration. All of this facilitates high feed rates while improving the quality of the cut and surface finish. When operating the machine, integrated workholding options yield quick setup and change-over. These options include a pneumatic clamping system and the VacuMate vacuum table. The table holds flat parts that facilitate batch machining from thin substrates and the company’s lightweight Quick-Pallets. These pallets use a beveled boss-in-cavity system to register parts in X, Y and Z axes for improved repeatability on jobs with frequent change-over.