EDM took a new technology direction at IMTS with GF Machining Solution’s launch of a aerospace-dedicated wire EDM, the Cut 200 Dedicated, designed with unique features for aerospace machining needs.
The innovative design of the machine includes a built-in A/B tilt/rotary table to cut complex aerospace components such as trubine disks using B axis rotation and +/-20 degree A axis tilt. It features on-machine, in-process inspection that includes a measuring probe and supporting software.
Dedicated machines for market segments is a new focus for GF Machining Solutions, says Gisbert Ledvon, business development director for GF Machining Solutions. “It has been difficult for EDM technology to break into the aerospace market and we’ve been involved in R&D for 20 years looking at how to eliminate process problems in different market segments with EDM technology. The Cut 200 dedicated machine for aerospace eliminates many problems such as discoloration, spark generation and rough, inconsistent surfaces. All of these problems have been overcome with this new technology.”
To significantly reduce non-cut times, the CUT 200 Dedicated boasts fast axis speeds and quick wire threading. The latest generation of GF Machining Solutions’ spark generators allows the machine to cut up to speeds of 38 in.2/hour (400 mm2/min) and up to 30-degree tapers in the Z axis height, while also producing superior part surface finishes and eliminating recast layers and micro-cracks. Additionally, energy saving functionality and advanced software help reduce operational costs and provide increased system connectivity.
In addition to the aerospace industry, the Cut 200 Dedicated is well suited for controlling production costs in the mold and die, medical and contract machining industries as well.