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Haas makes 5-axis machining affordable

By Niranjan Mudholkar,

Added 15 June 2015

Combination of a drill/tap centre and dual-axis rotary/tilting table can deliver both 3+2 and full 5-axis machining

With ever more components requiring the application of 5-axis machining techniques to minimise set-up and cycle times, Haas is able to present a highly cost effective solution that brings 5-axis machining within the reach of shops that perhaps wouldn't normally have the necessary budget.

The combination of a Haas DT-1 drill/tap centre and TRT-100 dual-axis rotary/tilting table can deliver both 3+2 and full 5-axis machining at a very affordable price.

The DT-1 is a compact, high-speed drill and tap machine featuring a generous 508 x 406 x 394 mm work cube yet maintaining a very small footprint. The powerful BT-30 taper spindle spins to 15,000 rpm, and allows rigid tapping to 5000 rpm.

The machine provides cutting feed rates to 30.5 m/min for high speed milling, and the machine's 20+1 side-mount tool changer swaps tools quickly to reduce non-cutting time. Furthermore, high speed 61 m/min rapids combine with high acceleration rates to shorten cycle times and increase throughput.

Adding the Haas TRT-100 dual-axis rotary table to the DT-1 provides high speed, accurate, 3+2 positioning and full 5-axis machining of small, complex parts. Fast indexing speeds ensure short cycle times, while impressive braking capability on both axes guarantees extreme accuracy.

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