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GF Machining Solutions Helps Lotus F1 Team Mill at Full Throttle
GF Machining Solutions Helps Lotus F1 Team Mill at Full Throttle
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Press release date: April 21, 2014

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – With Formula 1® racing kicked into high gear, the Lotus F1 Team will spend the 2014 season relying on high-performance milling technology from GF Machining Solutions to play a key role in driving its success.

Approximately six months ago, the Lotus F1 Team, headquartered in Enstone, England, invested in six high-performance, cost-effective Mikron HPM 450U 5-axis machines with integrated automation to produce its precision, complex F1 car parts in low quantities.

Prior to the Mikrons, the team was using 3-axis milling machines that were not performing at the desired productivity levels. According to Thomas Mayer, the COO of the Lotus F1 Team, with the 3-axis machines, his crew spent a considerable amount of time on machine setup as well as on the planning and design of individual add-on devices for milling.

As the team sought to standardize its production efforts with six identical 5-axis machines, the Mikron HPM 450Us were the top pick based on their compact footprint, integrated automation features, performance value and reliability along with GF Machining Solutions’ quick, efficient customer response times. Furthermore, these machines effectively cut through a wide range of materials, from aluminum, steel, and stainless steel to extremely difficult-to-machine materials.

Mayer noted the team’s strategic decision to expand its milling capabilities via the Mikron HPM 450Us allows them to machine their workpieces in a single set-up process. As a result, they have been able to considerably increase their productivity, achieve higher precision, produce more uniform parts and lower the cost per unit. “The HPM 450U machines fulfilled our high expectations right from the start,” said Mayer.

Each Mikron HPM 450U machine inside the Lotus F1 Team shop is equipped with a direct-drive rotary tilting table, which allows for basic milling and drilling processes as well as 3+2 positioning and 5-axis simultaneous machining. The machine’s high-performance 20,000-rpm spindle and integrated automation, which includes a seven-station pallet changer and 120-position tool changer, offer high levels of machining performance. Another key feature of the machine is its SMART technology software modules that ensure maximized productivity, even in lights-out operations.

For more information on the Lotus F1 Team and the Mikron HPM 450U machine, please visit and, respectively.

Profile of GF Machining Solutions
GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. As a globally active group, GF Machining Solutions, a Division of Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland), maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 2,873 employees generated sales of CHF 867 million in 2013. More information can be found at

Gisbert Ledvon
Director of Business Development
GF Machining Solutions

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Director of Public Relations
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