Small-part machining center

Datron Dynamics Inc. has unveiled an automated, 5-axis, high-speed machining center designed for small-part manufacturing.

Datron Dynamics Inc. (Milford, N.H.) has unveiled the M8, an automated, 5-axis, high-speed trunnion machining center that can access five sides of a part and complete machining in a single setup. Designed for manufacturing small aerospace parts, medical components and electromechanical parts, it can include a robotic interface as well as a pick-and-place system for automated manufacturing. Other features include a steel bridge reinforced with polymer concrete, a water-chilled 60,000-rpm spindle and a 3-kW, 40,000-rpm HSK-E 25 spindle. The center also has a stabilized gantry, an integrated tool magazine, an LCD flat-panel display, polycarbonate side windows and a removable chip cart on wheels. Its Windows-based controller reportedly works with virtually any CAD/CAM software and offers Ethernet networking capability.