INDIANAPOLIS—The VMX30U 5-axis machining center is equipped with control
technology for both NC and Conversational that makes programming and processing
part programs for aerospace jobs painless. While Hurco focuses on technology
that reduces setup and programming, the newest 5-axis feature, UltiMotionTM,
simultaneously reduces cycle time and improves surface finish quality. Hurco
released UltiMotion for 3-axis machining centers last year, and just finished field
testing of UltiMotion on its 5-axis machines.
UltiMotion is based on Hurco’s proprietary look-ahead technology
and includes rapid cornering capabilities, which allow the spindle to travel
through blended corners at high speeds instead of stopping between rapids.
According to the company, customers report improved surface finish quality,
less machine vibration, less chatter marks, and increased accuracy while
reducing cycle time by 30-35%.
The VMX30U has X/Y/Z travels of 30 x 20 x 20.5 inches, rapids that
are 1,378 per minute in X and Y, and 1,181 inches per minute in Z. The Hurco 5-axis
machining center yields more clearance in the Z-axis because Hurco uses an integrated
trunnion table design instead of simply attaching a trunnion table to a 3-axis
machine. Beyond the expert design that results in a rigid and reliable machine
tool, the advanced Hurco control technology has exclusive 5-axis software features
that increase efficiency, reduce setup time, and improve surface finish in
addition to holding tolerances required for high-precision parts.
One VMX30U customer
who manufactures aircraft circuit board housings says 5-sided machining on his VMX30U
saves him approximately six hours compared to milling the aircraft part on his
3-axis machining center. In addition to eliminating repeated manual
re-fixturing and reducing the number of operations from six to two, programming
the part at the control with Hurco’s 5-sided conversational method takes less
time than programming the part with his CAD/CAM software and frees up the
CAD/CAM system for more complex programming. The other significant benefit to
employing a 5-sided machining process is the elimination of cumulative errors
that can occur with flipping parts.
Hurco Companies, Inc.
One Technology Way
P.O. Box 68180
Indianapolis, IN 46268-0180
About Hurco Companies, Inc.
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hurco manufactures sophisticated, yet shop floor friendly machine tools designed for virtually any application and budget. The flagship VMX Series is a production-oriented line of mills designed for speed while the high performance TMX Series is its counterpart in the lathe category. The popular VM Series of mills and the TM Series of lathes combine small footprints with huge work cubes and best-in-class features. The U Series and SR Series feature application machines with 5-axis technology. The TMM Series includes lathes equipped with live tooling for multi-tasking. Each machining center and turning center from Hurco includes the integrated Hurco control with WinMax® which has multiple programming methods and is the most efficient way for machine shops to increase productivity.
INDIANAPOLIS--Hurco announced the release of
UltiMotion for all of its 5-axis machining centers. The
proprietary control feature was released last year for Hurco 3-axis mills and
has proven even more successful than anticipated, according to the company. The
primary benefits to customers include reduced cycle time and improved surface
finish quality. The reduction in cycle time increases with the complexity of
the part and with the addition of repetitive tasks, such as drilling and
UltiMotion’s 3D compensation of machine
squareness (perpendicularity), compensation of the mechanical system dynamics,
and advanced motion control improve system accuracy. Therefore, UlitMotion has
rapid cornering capability that allows the spindle to travel through corners at
high speed with negligible deviation without overshooting or stopping. This is
especially beneficial in reducing cycle times when machining parts with many
repetitive tasks, such as drilling or tapping. For rigid tapping, UltiMotion
deploys a coordinated motion control mechanism that monitors the spindle angle
at all times and controls the axes to follow the spindle position. It also has
the flexibility to choose higher speed/rpm to retract the tap tool out of the
The proprietary dynamic variable
lookahead mechanism of UltiMotion is completely unlike traditional lookahead. With
UltiMotion, the control software evaluates the geometry and motion profile and
makes sure there is enough lookahead information to make optimized maneuvers.
The patented lookahead mechanism is another reason why better surface quality
can be obtained in a shorter period of time, according to the company.
Customers who use UltiMotion on their
3-axis Hurco mills have reported reduced cycle times ranging from 30 to 40
percent. Tom Miller, President and founder
of M-Tech Lab reported, “With UltiMotion we’re seeing 30-35% faster
throughput…our machine runs very fast and we don’t get an jerks.”
The Tool Room Manager at Wepco Plastics says
the surface finish quality is so good with UltiMotion that he doesn’t have to
polish the molds. “We had a cut that would have been at least 100 hours long on
our old machines and it only took us 30 hours with UltiMotion… and we don't
have to polish the mold! The finish is
For more than 40 years, Hurco has been developing
technology that helps the machinist get the job done faster without sacrificing
quality. While most of our control advantages reside in programming and setup
reduction via conversational programming features that benefit shops with a
high mix of parts, UltiMotion reduces cycle time and improves surface finish
quality for both NC and conversational programs. Technology that is only
available from Hurco. Now, UltiMotion is available for 5-axis machining centers
in addition to 3-axis mills. For more information, go to http://www.hurco.com/ultimotion.
One Technology Way
P.O. Box 68180
Indianapolis, IN 46268
About Hurco Companies, Inc.