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Mold Making in Full 5-Axis with D200Z Vertical Machining Center

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Imagine if you could simultaneously achieve faster machining speeds and higher utilization rates in your most complex tool, die and mold and medical applications. Consider the game-changing impact this would have on your capacity, part costs and bottom line.

The Makino D200Z 5-axis vertical machining center conquers the complexities of multifaceted, contoured 3-D geometries with precision, full 5-axis machining capabilities. From roughing to high-speed finishing, the machine boosts productivity by combining the quickness of machine movements and accuracies with the latest software developments for high-precision, high-speed motion control.

“With many mold manufacturers strained for capacity and challenged to keep pace with new design changes, all while minimizing costs, the need for high-performance 5-axis machining has never been more critical,” said William Howard, vertical product line manager at Makino. “The speed and precision of the D200Z deliver a unique foundation for responsive, high-speed cutting and outstanding surface finishes that reduce or eliminate handwork. Its 30,000-rpm spindle and integral direct-drive table provide quick, precise, full 5-axis machining. All of this capability is tied together with Makino’s proprietary SGI.5 motion control software for the highest degree of accuracy and quality in the blends and matches of intricate surfaces and 3-D accuracy requirements typical of today’s die, mold, medical and intricate-geometry components.”

D200Z at a Glance
Size (diameter) 300mm
Maximum workpiece size (diameter × height) 300 × 210mm
Maximum payload 75 kg
Axis travels (X, Y, Z) 350mm × 300mm × 250mm
Axis travels (B, C) 180° (0° to +180°) / 360° (continuous rotation)

The robust speed and precision of the D200Z have been strategically designed into a compact unit (1500mm wide by 2220mm deep) for efficient use of floor space. The main body of the machine incorporates all machine elements and peripheral equipment, including both the standard 20-tool capacity automatic tool changer (ATC) and the optional 40-tool ATC. This design enables mold shops to expand capability without loss of floor space. Additionally, the D200Z has adopted a compact housing for the B and C axes that features a unique, lightweight tilting structure with 180 degrees of tilt capability at 100 rpm and 150 rpm respectively. Direct-drive motors for both axes yield agile, accurate, high-speed, responsive angular and rotational operation.

Complementing the robust mechanical features and capabilities of the D200Z machine design is the powerful, yet intuitive, Makino Professional 6 (Pro6) control. With streamlined screen layouts, operator assistance features and new machine functions, Pro6 delivers a seamless interface for operators to maximize productivity.

Included within the Pro6 control is Makino’s proprietary, next-generation Super Geometric Intelligence (SGI.5) software—developed specifically for high-feedrate, tight-tolerance machining of complex 3-D contoured shapes involving continuous tiny blocks of NC data. With SGI.5 enabled, mold makers can expect precision accuracy and fine finishes while simultaneously reducing cycle time by 20 to 60 percent, depending on the specific geometry of the application.

A Makino proprietary data center offers easy, flexible program and data management, and enhanced networking capability. The data center is the single source for all files on the machine and network, able to run directly from memory, internal/external card, full direct numerical control (DNC) or from a network.

Also featured on the D200Z is Makino’s proprietary Collision Safe Guard technology—a function that runs real-time interference checks to avoid spindle crashes. By combining on-board machine geometry models with workpiece, fixture and tooling data input by the user, Collision Safe Guard is able to predict and stop the machine prior to collision, protecting investments in the machines, fixture, tooling and workpiece.

To enhance overall process stability, the D200Z is designed with a rigid base construction and several thermal-control technologies. The machine’s 30,000-rpm, HSK-E50 spindle is designed with a high-tech spindle core and jacket cooling system to tightly control thermal growth, deflection and vibration during high-speed machining operations. Together, these features enable mold makers to extend tool life and achieve exceptional surface finishes even in applications requiring fine tool blends and matches.

An integrated pallet chuck reinforces the stiffness and rigidity of the machine tool, all while ensuring efficient workpiece changeover speed and full usage of work zone and workload capacities. Additionally, this design has a common pallet interface that can be readily integrated into a variety of automated cells and systems prevalent in today’s tool, die and mold and medical shop environments.

The D200Z can also be configured with a graphite machining package to deliver high-speed, exceptionally accurate and very productive 5-axis production of graphite electrodes.

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