Makino Releases iQ300 Precision Micromachining Center


Makino announces the new iQ300 Precision Micromachining Center which incorporates Makino’s latest advancements in machine and spindle design, and unparalleled component temperature control. In addition, the machine utilizes 0.005 micron scale feedback for superior sub-micron accuracy.

“Electronic components, medical devices and optical products continue to decrease in size and increase in demand,” says John Bradford, Makino’s micromachining R&D team leader. “With a thermally stable, vibration–free, high-speed spindle ideal for fine detail machining and ultra precision accuracies, as well as Hybrid ATLM for tool matching and blending, the iQ300 is the perfect micromachining center for these challenging micro applications.”

The iQ300 features a 45,000 rpm HSK-E32 spindle equipped with Makino’s patented core-cooling, under-race and jacket spindle temperature control system which virtually eliminates thermal growth, deflection or vibration, even during long hours of high-speed machining. To ensure microscopic blending and matching of surfaces when machining with different tools, the iQ300 also integrates the proprietary, Makino Hybrid Automatic Tool Length Measurement System (ATLM). A 40 tool magazine assures a wide variety of tooling to address an extensive variety of projects.

The worktable measures 600mm x 400mm (23.6” x 15.7”) with X, Y, Z-axis travels of 400mm x 350mm x 200mm (15.7” x 13.8” x 7.9”) respectively. This large work table and ample travels assures the capability to do multiple set-ups and utilize precision chucks and vices.

The iQ300 also incorporates the user-friendly Makino Professional 5 Control. With Makino’s proprietary, next generation Super Geometric Intelligence (SGI.4) software, this control has been developed specifically for high-feedrate, tight tolerance machining of complex, 3-D, contoured shapes involving continuous tiny blocks of NC data to ensure production rates faster than standard CNC systems while maintaining unsurpassed accuracy.

About Makino
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Our flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. With Makino engineering services, we offer industry leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information call 1.800.552.3288, or visit www.makino.com.

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