Fives Cincinnati is claiming a world record in titanium mach…

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Fives Cincinnati is claiming to have set a world record in titanium machining with the removal of 100 cubic inches/min of the hard-to-machine material that is much used in the aerospace and medical industries.


According to Chip Storie, Fives Cincinnati executive vice president, the company’s 5-axis, 5-spindle XT profiler, which set the record, is engineered and built for maximum dynamic stiffness and sustained power in titanium roughing operations to meet the industry’s need for maximum throughput and investment return. “The industry needs to set new standards for producing titanium parts at the lowest cost per piece, and the XT Profiler provides that capability and more.


“This machine is in a performance class by itself, equipped with a massive cross rail and robust spindle design that enable it to perform at this high rate on a sustained basis. We expect to exceed 100 cubic inches per minute metal removal once the machine is married to its dedicated foundation and high pressure coolant system. This demonstration is only the beginning, and is going to change the way the industry approaches titanium machining.”


Director of technical sales Randy Von Moll offers: “This is the stiffest 5-axis profiler we’ve ever seen in action, able to make these demanding cuts in titanium with ease. The machine peeled off perfect ‘6-shaped’ chips with no chatter or sign of structural instability. The part finish was excellent and it was a remarkable demonstration that exceeded our highest expectations.”


The new 5-axis gantry design utilises the same high-stiffness frame as the previously introduced 3-axis XT model. “The 3-axis version of this machine really proved itself, and the new 5-axis version builds on the success of the platform,” Mr Von Moll adds. “We set demanding requirements for the 5-axis model, and our engineers stepped up with a completely new approach that is superior to anything else on the market. This is a major breakthrough in gantry design that gives our customers significant new capabilities. Accuracy will be on par with the 3-axis design. The A/B rotary axes on each spindle can be independently calibrated and controlled to enhance accuracy.”


The gantries have a 3.8 m Y-axis range, with a Z-axis travel of 711 mm. Each spindle’s angular A and B axes can travel ±30°. The machine tested is equipped with five 52 kW spindles, and each spindle can deliver up to 1,345 Nm (986 ft lb) torque into the cut at 40-7,000 rpm. The alternative high-torque spindle with HSK 125A tool interface is rated 51 kW and produces 2,523 Nm S1 torque with a maximum speed of 3,500 rpm.


“A multispindle machine that can rough and finish titanium at this rate provides our customers with a strategic advantage,” Mr Von Moll explains. “A single-spindle machine runs at roughly the same speeds and feeds, yet our machines complete five parts in the same cycle time, so we are much more efficient and the result for our customer is a much better return on investment with lower risk.”


As an industrial engineering group, Fives designs and supplies machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest industrial groups in various sectors. Located in over 30 countries and with nearly 8,000 employees, Fives is known for its technological expertise and ability to execute large-scale international projects.


Within Fives, the Metal Cutting & Composites businesses designs and supplies machine tools and complete manufacturing solutions, with strong foundations based on brands such as Cincinnati, Cinetic, Giddings & Lewis, Forest-Liné, Liné Machines and Rouchaud.

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