Small Aluminum Parts Machining

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Small Aluminum Parts Machining

Producing Higher Quantities, and a Higher Quality, in Less Time Comes Down to RPM

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We’ve all been there. A job comes in that needs small cutting tools, and all we have is a 40-Taper VMC. So, we figure just put on some adapters to run the little equipment. That should work, right? But then we find that old workhorse that hogs out steel has too much power and torque for the little equipment, and it breaks them.

The smaller tools need higher spindle speeds, not more power. With spindle speeds up to 60, 000 RPM, a DATRON is usually optimized for small tooling and micromachining applications. Many of our customers found that adding a DATRON to their VMC lineup created the ultimate A-team to handle almost any function that comes in.

“We’re making some aluminum parts upon the DATRON that we used to make upon our Haas Super Mini Mills and we’ve reduced cycle time by nearly 50%. ” – Paul, President /CEO, Tikprecision, Inc.

34, 000 — 60, 000 RPM Machines for Ultimate Speed and Efficiency with Little Tools

Why does high RPM = higher quality and quantity? The spindle is definitely moving fast to prevent heat from building up. The high rates of speed quickly evacuate chips from the tool flute, and those chips take the warmth with them. The high RPM avoids chip burnup and melting, so your cuts are cleaner. High RPMs also allow for significantly increased feed rates, therefore you’re producing better aluminium parts faster. A DATRON spindle combined with an HSK series device holder delivers greater precision and quality since they yield high concentricity and very tiny runout.

It’s not really just a DATRON machine that’s designed to optimize your workflow; it’s also the workholding accessories and cooling system. Imagine if you could lay a sheet of 6061 light weight aluminum down on a vacuum chuck, hit “ go ”, and come back later to a batch of aluminium parts… all cut out and perfectly dry? That’s the reality with the DATRON vacuum tables and MQL chilling systems that use ethanol as a coolant.