S33 Provides High-Performance at an Econcoimical Price for the Die Mold Shop
MASON, OH—September 2008—When it comes to purchasing vertical machining centers, small and large die and mold shops have traditionally utilized contrasting buying patterns. While small shops tend to focus on price, larger operations differentiate themselves by applying high technology equipment.
Makino’s S33 VMC blends high-performance machining capabilities with an attractive feature and pricing package to meet the needs of both types of shops. It is dedicated to helping manufacturers drive down the cost of their operations.
S33 Features and Benefits
The Makino S33 incorporates features that are attractive to technology savvy mold shops. The S33 utilizes a 40 taper, 13,000-rpm spindle with the stiffness and rigidity required for hard cutting applications and the speed necessary to provide high surface quality for demanding die and mold applications. Heavy cast construction and an axis configuration with no overhangs ensures high machine rigidity resulting in outstanding accuracy over the full range of travel. It is capable of maintaining positioning accuracies to within ±0.0001 inch (0.003 mm) and repeatability of ±0.00008 inch (0.002 mm).
To reduce setups and maximize machine utilization, the S33 is equipped with a 20-tool magazine and automatic tool changer (ATC). The ATC has a quick tool-to-tool exchange time of 1.3 seconds. Linear motion guides on X-, Y- and Z-axes provide the rigidity crucial for superb surface finishes and provide rapid traverse and cutting feed rates of 1,575 ipm (40,000 mm/min). The table-working surface is 34 x 20 inches (850 x 500 mm). In addition, the axes travel area is 26 x 20 x 18 inches (650 x 500 x 450 mm).
Steeply sloped work zone surfaces, highly crowned telescoping covers and twin spiral chip screws assure quick and efficient chip handling - even the most challenging dry cutting environments. A large coolant tank and integrated, internal multi-phase separation system assures ample coolant for those tough chip intensive projects.
The S33 includes Makino’s proprietary, next generation Super Geometric Intelligence (SGI.4) servo control providing exceptionally smooth machined surfaces—even in high-feedrate machining of complex, 3-D shapes involving continuous tiny blocks of NC data. This feature helps provide the lowest cycle times achievable by reducing machining cycle times on dies, complex cavities and cores by as much as 40% when compared to most other control technologies.
The machine’s footprint is a compact 96 inches wide x 135 inches deep (2,445 x 3,430 mm) and is designed for easy maintenance access around the entire perimeter. Other features include an ergonomic swing operator-control panel, fully enclosed chip and splash shield, comfortable work table height, easy access to the work zone, air blow and an air dryer unit.
The Makino S33 VMC provides outstanding machine rigidity, proven high speed machining capability, superb accuracies and superior performance for both the small and large die and mold shop.
Other features include an ergonomic swing operator control panel, fully enclosed chip and splash shield with worklight, comfortable work table height, easy access to the work zone, flood coolant, and an air filtration unit.
For even greater flexibility, the S33 can be configured with an integral pallet changer providing an extremely quick 7-second pallet change for a 24 x 16 inch (600 x 400 mm) pallet capable of an 880 pound (400 kg) pallet load. A 30-tool magazine and through spindle coolant also make this pallet changer version of the machine a high performance parts producer.
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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Amber Long or Jake Smith