Indianapolis-based Hurco Co. introduces the BX40Ui 5-axis CNC double-column machining center with a trunnion table mounted along the Y-axis. The ladder structure and double-column design provide extreme rigidity and outstanding support to the head casting. With an 18k motorized spindle and oversized linear guide rollers, the unit can be used for a wide range of applications.
Additionally, the bridge structure is isolated from part weight and operates in a stable and predictable manner. Cutting feed rates are achieved with patented high-speed motion technology called UltiMotion that simultaneously reduces cycle times by up to 30 percent or more and delivers surface finish quality.
The BX40Ui differs from other bridge-type 5-axis CNC machines due to the integrated Hurco-control powered by WinMax control software and UltiMotion. The control helps machinists and job shops be more productive and profitable by supporting multiple programming methods: conversational for five-sided programming with no CAM system needed; NC for simultaneous 5-axis; and a Hurco-specific feature called NC/Conversational Merge that optimizes efficiency even further.
The newest control feature called 3D Import is especially advantageous for Hurco 5-axis machines because the control software creates transform planes automatically for easy 5-sided conversational programming that eliminates data entry requirements.
UltiMotion is the sophisticated motion control system invented by Hurco that determines the optimal trajectory to run the tool, provides consistent programmed feed rates, and reduces cycle time. With UltiMotion, cornering velocity is 2.5 times faster than conventional motion and machine jerk is reduced by half. The system includes up to 10,000 blocks of dynamic look ahead and is smart enough to adapt as required by the tool path. It improves upon CAM output by providing better handling of machine mechanics and dynamics. All Hurco CNC machining centers are equipped with UltiMotion.
For additional information on 5-axis machining visit www.hurco.com/5-axis and check out “The Power of FIVE: The Definitive Guide to 5-Axis Machining.” In this book, Mike Cope (Hurco technical product specialist) breaks down the information about 5-axis and 5-sided machining from a machinist’s perspective.
- Table Size: 13.7 in Diameter (348 mm Diameter)
- Max Weight on Table: 551 lbs (250 kg)
- XYZ Axis Travel: 37.4 x 21.6 x 19.7 in (950 x 550 x 500 mm)
- Rapid Traverse: X, Y, Z Axis 1,535 in/min, 1,535 in/min, 1,535 in/min (39 m/minute, 39 m/minute, 39 m/minute)
- Tool Type: HSK 63
- Peak Spindle Motor: 47hp (35kW)
- Spindle Torque: 88 ft-lbs @ 2,800 rpm
- Number of Tools: 30
- Machine Weight: 20,723 lbs (9,400 kg)