Vertical Machining Center cuts graphite EDM electrodes.

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Featuring 1,000 cfm Torrit dust collector, fully enclosed TrodeMaster(TM) CNC uses 30-taper tooling and offers 3D contouring capabilities. It features feedrates to 2,125 ipm, accelerations of 1.5 G or more, 24,000 rpm Big Plus(TM) spindle, and 0.9 sec tool changes. Machine includes AI Contour Control II with 1,000 block look-ahead, jerk control, and 0.4 ms block processing speed. Spindle HRV control and thermal compensation ensure circularity to 0.00011 in. TIR.

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Fully Enclosed 30-Taper Machining Center for Fast, Economical Electrode Production

SUDBURY, MA - The new TrodeMaster(TM) is a modified Fanuc RoboDrill high-speed vertical machining center specially equipped for cutting graphite EDM electrodes. With full enclosures and a complete Torrit dust collection system, it is ideal for small job shops as well as large in-house EDM facilities.

The heavy-duty TrodeMaster uses economical 30-taper tooling and offers exceptional 3-D contouring capabilities at a fraction of the cost of competing machines. With feedrates to 2125 ipm, accelerations to 1.5 G or more, a 24,000 rpm Big Plus(TM) spindle, and 0.9-second tool changes, it dramatically shortens the machining time of even the most complex electrodes.

The TrodeMaster CNC comes standard with many advanced performance features that are normally options, including AI Contour Control II with 1000 block "look-ahead," Jerk Control, and a 0.4 ms block processing speed. The powerful Fanuc 31i-A5 CNC provides hesitation-free contouring even at high feedrates. Spindle HRV control and thermal compensation ensure dynamic accuracy and circularity to 0.00011" TIR. The TrodeMaster's rigidity also makes it ideal for hard-die milling and the production of copper electrodes.

Ready to run as delivered, the TrodeMaster comes loaded with standard features including Ethernet, laser tool setter, and a 1000 cfm dust collector. Optional productivity- and precision-enhancing features include 4th and 5th axes, spindle measuring probes, and robotic loading.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., has been a supplier of precision machine tools and accessories for over 45 years. Methods is the exclusive North American source for Fanuc RoboDrill vertical machining centers, providing installation, parts, service, and training through a nationwide network of dealers.

For more information, contact: John Crean, RoboDrill Product Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc., 64 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405,

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