We spent a day with Dan McMurray from Alpha Industrial Supply trying to break his tools. Bottom Line, we could have, but decided to stop once we hit 482 ipm feed rate in 32Rc 4140. You heard that right. Those sound like common feed rates for Aluminium, but it was 4140. We also slotted a 1/2” Endmill, 3/4” Deep in that same 4140, ran it at 47 ipm at 4800 RPM’s. The finish was incredible. Dan has been looking for machines he could really load up his tools on and show what they could do. He stressed that there best fitted for a CAT50 machine with a ton of torque. He was amazed that our little VMX24, CAT40 12k Spindle took it like it wasn’t even there. It wasn’t until we hit that 482 ipm that we got above 80% spindle load. Have a look.
A lot can change in a year. Or in our case, 6 months. While Gage Machine Tool has always been able to provide Automation solutions for our customers, it was never with the range and scope we can today. In the past few months we have added Universal Robots and Yaskawa Motoman arms to our our existing lines of Midaco and Erowa. Now Hurco is helping up that game again with the integration of BMO cells right from the factory. The following is just a taste of what Gage Machine Tool can now bring to the table for your automation needs!
Even on simple parts, 5-Axis is the future of machining because it can reduce set up time and speed production. Product Specialist Mike Cope covers many of the benefits of using a 5-Axis machine for small batch, quick turn around jobs.
This is by far the easiest “machine” you will ever setup aside from a bench grinder. With a co-bot on your floor you can be setup and running your first automated cell in under an hour. Moving it from machine to machine for separate “tending” operations will take even less. Better yet, it costs less than one years pay for a guy who will, take long breaks, vape in front of your building and spend time on his phone arguing with someone instead of loading and unloading parts. ON TOP of that, it will work three shifts a day and never call in sick. What it will do, is text you automatically if does get stuck, and ask YOU to get it back to work. Do you have an employee that will do that??
Dirk Gage Got to be a part of the 50th Anniversary party at NASDAQ
Hurco executives rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange June 13, 2018, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. In addition, Hurco was featured on the NasdaqTower and Marquis in New York City. (Skip to the end of the video above to see footage of Hurco appearing on the building’s giant projector screen.)
The Pocket Rocket
Hurco has been making updates and changes to there line in an almost continuous fashion for years now. This year alone has seen new software released for the mills, updated ballscrews on the VMX lines for faster rapids and travels, an update to the design for the VC 5 axis machines and now the addition of the "Plus" option to the VM line.
Standard Hurco VM10i - 10k spindle
New Hurco VM10i Plus - 12k Spindle with a chiller
This update also applies to the VM20i and the VM30i as well.
It actually makes for a tough decsion on which Hurco to buy since the VMX24 and the VMX30 have 12k spindles as well. It really comes down to torque between these machines. If you need higher torque, then the VMX line os for you. But if your like most job shops and run into a variety of materials and the torque loads are not really a major factor, then the VM line, now with a 12k CAT40 Big Plus spindle just may be a perfect fit for you.
Select models of Hurco CNC machines are made in the USA with globally sourced components. At our facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, the VMX42i and VMX6030i are fully assembled by Hurco employees. The build team hand scrapes machined surfaces; grinds mounting and surface plates; aligns castings, ball screws, mechanical housings, rails, and tool changes; drills and taps assembly and mounting holes. Additionally, the Indy build team completes a comprehensive inspection and certification process for each machine.
What are the main reasons you buy any machine? Do you buy the same type of machine as what you already have? Do you buy what your father always bought? Why do I keep buying those same crappy chips for Cinco de Mayo? Sometimes you need to step outside of the box you made for yourself and really questions why your doing what your doing. A better way may save you a ton of money, and make for a better Cinco de Mayo. (I swear thats how you spell it, but I am reading it may-o)
A beautiful quick little video on how well Fusion 360 works for complex parts on a Hurco 5 Axis. MJK is a real success story on how you can accomplish anything on the right platform.