T-Rex Spindle Chews through Titanium at 33.1 in3/min in Aerospace Test

Giddings and Lewis HMC 1600 demonstrates industry's highest Ti metal removal rate for a single-spindle machine tool.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The stiffness of a Giddings and Lewis HMC 1600, combined with the machine's potent 42.3 kN (9,500 lb) cutting thrust, provided an ideal platform for the high-torque T-Rex spindle to demonstrate the industry's highest titanium metal removal rate (MRR) for a single spindle at 33.1 in3/min. The recent test for an aerospace customer on titanium 6Al-4V utilized a Harvi indexable-insert end mill with 76.2 mm (3 in) tool diameter. The tool was driven at 245 rpm with an axial depth of cut at 76.2 mm (3 in) and a radial depth of cut at 25.4 mm (1.0 in), with a feed rate of 1.14 mm/rev (0.044 in/rev).

"This cut produced an excellent surface finish with no sign of chatter and virtually no vibration," said Pete Beyer, Director of Product Strategy and Development at Fives Giddings Lewis. "The power of this spindle is so great that it easily handled the full Y-axis thrust of the machine, which can be equipped with higher torque axis motors to produce even higher metal removal rates. This power, coupled with the stiffness and vibration damping of the machine, puts the HMC 1250/1600 in a class by itself for large hard-metal parts."

The T-Rex spindle, available on four-axis HMC 1250/1600 machines, can deliver up to 2600 Nm (1,918 lb ft) torque to produce extreme metal removal rates on large workpieces of hard to machine materials, such as titanium, Inconel, and Carpenter 465. Developed for the machining needs of aerospace, energy and heavy equipment manufacturers, the T-Rex spindle is engineered with 130 mm (5.1 in) ID bearings to handle the 42.3 kN (9,500 lb) cutting thrust capability of the HMC 1250/1600 series horizontal machining centers.

The T-Rex spindle is available on four-axis machines and provides 60 kW (80.5 hp) continuous power.  The HMC 1250/1600 can also be provided with a five-axis high-torque tilt spindle with continuous torque of 1161 Nm (856 lb ft). Many other spindle options are available for the HMC series as well, including quill spindles and high speed units up to 24,000 rpm.

Meeting industry needs for tighter part tolerances and accuracies, the HMC Series comes standard with linear scale feedback in X, Y and Z axes, providing 8 micron (0.0003 in) positioning accuracy and 5 micron (0.0002 in) repeatability per ISO 230-2. Heavy-duty hardened and ground roller guide ways enable a rapid traverse rate of up to 35 m/min (1378 ipm) with high acc/dec rates, double the load capacity, and nearly 10 times the wear life of ball-type ways.

For additional information, see: www.fivesgroup.com. To see the titanium cut referenced, visit YouTube.com/FivesMCC

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