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5-Axis Machining Center Designed for Heavy Loads

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a supplier of machine tools, 3-D printing technology, automation and accessories, has expanded its FEELER line to include the gantry style FEELER U-800 5-axis machining center, designed for versatile machining of larger, heavy parts.

"The FEELER U-800 5-axis machining center is designed with a gantry-type structure that allows large workpieces to be loaded and unloaded with ease," said a company spokesperson. "The gantry structure, together with an advanced U-shaped base and column, increases structural rigidity, ensures high machining accuracy and exceptional surfaces finishes."

The U-800 is equipped with an HSK-63 27 HP 12,000 RPM DDS spindle for high-speed machining and features a Heidenhain TNC-640 control and linear scales on three-axis. The trunnion is solidly built by LCM with a 31.5" dia. by 24" work envelope and a weight capacity of 2,600 lbs. The tilting A-axis has a full +/- 120° of motion.

A servo-driven 32-tool carousel ATC provides fast, smooth tool changing. Other features include linear guideways on the X- and Y-axis; boxways on the Z-axis; and linear glass scales on the X-, Y-, Z-, A- and C-axis for high accuracy and repeatability. These features, in addition to the direct drive spindle, spindle chiller and auto lubrication, are all furnished standard in the FEELER U-800.

"The U-800's gantry type structure, together with the U-shaped base and column, brings structural stability to a new level in the high precision 5-axis machining of heavy parts," said Dale Hedberg, FEELER Product Manager at Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

For more information contact:

Dale Hedberg

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

65 Union Avenue

Sudbury, MA 01776


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