Datron Dynamics Inc. (Milford, N.H.) recently introduced the miniRaptor, a compact version of its high-end Raptor-class machining centers. The miniRaptor is designed to offer the same 51 cm by 51 cm by 20 cm (20-inch by 20-inch by 8-inch) work envelope and features of the Raptor at an affordable price. Features include a 60,000 rpm spindle with a 3.18 mm/0.125-inch collet, a 3-Tool Automatic Tool Management System, Microsoft Windows-based control software, a PC with 256 MB RAM, CD ROM drive, USB port, 15-inch monitor, keyboard, hand-held controller and a Z-Correction Probe that that recognizes irregular topography in the workpiece and a 3-D extension probe that can locate and compensate for irregularities in x, y and z coordinates and also facilitate reverse engineering.
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