Selecting a Mazak CNC Mill
Mazak is a leading manufacturer of CNC mills worldwide, and as such, they have hundreds of models under a wide range of series names that have changed throughout the years.
Mills may be classified as follows: Multi-tasking, 5-Axis, Vertical, Horizontal
What Does a Multi-Tasking Mazak Mill Do?
A multi-tasking CNC mill can combine several different cutting processes. The machine may turn, mill drill, tap, and deep-hole bore, hob on one machine. This one and done approach to machining saves time because operations are completed on one machine instead of multiple machines. A very advanced form of multitasking provided by Mazak is Hybrid Multi-Tasking which also combines additive technologies. A Mazak CNC mill designed for multi-tasking can significantly reduce production lead-times and part costs.
What are the Benefits of a 5-Axis Mazak CNC Mill Compared to 3+2 Machining?
Mazak 5-axis CNC mills can produce parts in an almost infinite number of sizes and shapes. On a 5-axis machine, the cutting tool moves across not only the X, Y, and Z linear axis, but it rotates on the A and B axis to approach a workpiece from any direction. With simultaneous 5-axis machining, all 5 axis engage at the same time. This provides more speed and flexibility as compared with 3 + 2 machining, in which the machine executes a 3-axis milling program with the cutting tool locked into a tilted position using its two rotational axis. In 5-axis positional machining, the cutting tool is oriented to a fixed position, instead of continuously moving.
What are the Types of Vertical Mazak CNC Mills?
A Vertical Machining Center (VMC) has a spindle with a vertical orientation. Mazak offers vertical machining mills in a range of series to cover multiple applications. The VC series has spindle speeds from 10K to 20K, automatic tool changers (ATC) from 18 to 60 tools and various axis configurations. Mazak currently offers the following vertical machining centers under the INTEGREX model name in 2018; e-Ramtec, e-V, and i-V and i. Many used Mazak machines available today are from the earlier Integrex e-Series. The VCN series features a moving table design, while the VTC (vertical traveling column series) is a fixed table design.
What are the Types of Horizontal Mazak CNC Mills?
Horizontal machining or milling is typically used for machining larger parts. It relies on a spindle that is parallel to the ground floor. Horizontal machining centers allow for a two-pallet changer integration to facilitate unattended operation. Mazak offers at least 7 different series of horizontal mills and often custom produces them for their customers for specific applications. When buying a used horizontal Mazak CNC mill, youll want to know the kinds of parts it was designed to produce.
Why Buy a Mazak Mill?
Mazak has been building machines and innovating for over 100 years and has a reputation for designing and supplying high-quality, innovative and customer-friendly machines. No matter what your machining needs, theres a good chance that theres a used Mazak mill that will be a good fit for your application.