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Automated EDM Maximizes Die-Sinking Operations

GF Machining Solutions recently demonstrated how its FORM 20 die-sinking EDM, paired with the System 3R WorkPartner 1+ robot, provides application versatility. In the demo, the FORM 20 produced molds for a specialized medical device.

"The FORM 20 is an ideal solution for manufacturers looking to maximize their die-sinking EDM operations while minimizing their environmental footprint," said a company spokesperson. "To provide enhanced performance, the machine uses GF Machining Solutions' proprietary Intelligent Power Generator (IPG) technology that gives the FORM 20 the lowest energy consumption levels - just 3.7 kW/h at full power - of all EDM machines on the market today."

With every machine pulse, the FORM 20's 70-amp generator continuously optimizes the EDM process and reduces electrode wear as well as provides uniform surface finishes. The machine generates surface finishes of Ra 0.1 micron and radii down to 0.0007".

The FORM 20 also features the company's AC Form HMI (human machine interface). "This CNC provides the most user-friendly, easiest to learn and most flexible control developed for a die sinking EDM," said the spokesperson. "Combined with full spark generator technology that represents the culmination of 60 years of EDM experience, AC Form HMI allows operators of all experience levels to achieve unmatched results."

The compact FORM 20 provides ample axis travels of 13.78" x 9.84" x 9.84" and includes an integrated linear tool changer with up to 200 electrode changing options. It also incorporates a rigid and compact mechanical structure for reliable, stable operation.

The WorkPartner 1+ provides automatic electrode and parts exchange, work tank filling and draining and dielectric leveling. Palletization options can accommodate up to 20 pallets to maximize lights-out operations.

For more information contact:

GF Machining Solutions

560 Bond St.

Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4224

800-CTC-1EDM / 847-913-5300

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