F5 Vertical Machining Center: The Ideal Hard Milling Machine for Complex Applications

The F5 vertical machining center is designed to provide stiffness and rigidity for chatter-free cutting, agility expected from a hard milling machine and accuracies for tight-tolerance blends and matches typical of complex, 3-D contoured geometry associated with die/mold and medical production.

Technical Specifications

Table: 1,000 x 500 mm
X: 900 mm Y: 500 mm Z: 450 mm

Spindle RPM
Spindle Taper
HSK – A63
Rapid Traverse
20,000 mm/min
Cutting Feedrate
20,000 mm/min
Maximum Workpiece
1,000 x 500 x 450 mm
Maximum Payload
1,000 kg
ATC Capacity
Maximum Tool Diameter
120 mm
Maximum Tool Weight
8 kg

The machine design begins with a unique axis configuration—featuring no overhangs—and incorporates large castings that provide a robust cutting platform. It then integrates 8mm-fine pitch ballscrews and 0.05-micron scale feedback, as standard equipment, enabling the F5 machine to provide superior precision. Together these features reduce variability for hours of continuous, tight-tolerance machining. The F5 offers positioning accuracies to within ±0.000060 inch (0.0015mm) and repeatability of ±0.000040 inch (0.001mm).

Included in the standard configuration of the F5 machine is a highly productive 20,000-rpm, HSK-A63 spindle, which incorporates Makino’s patented core-cooling, under-race and jacket spindle temperature control system. The two-range spindle supplies unique, wide-range capability with the stiffness and rigidity at lower ranges for roughing operations, and vibration/chatter-free production of small details and fine features when utilizing small tools at high rpm.

The F5 utilizes the Makino Professional 5 control, which affords the perfect blend of a Windows CE operating system’s graphical user interface (GUI), touch-screen selection offering instant access to information literally at your fingertips, user-friendly, efficient PC-like capability for data management and editing, and the networking and storage capability of a data center.

Also featured in the F5 is Makino’s proprietary, next-generation Super Geometric Intelligence (SGI.4) software—developed specifically for high-feedrate, tight-tolerance machining of complex, 3-D contoured shapes involving continuous tiny blocks of NC data—that ensures production rates faster than standard CNC systems while maintaining high accuracy. SGI.4 helps provide the lowest cycle times and costs achievable by reducing machining cycle times on dies, complex cavities and cores, and medical parts by as much as 40 percent when compared to most other control technologies.

The machine delivers positioning accuracies and repeatability in the microns, the spindle ensures capability to address a wide variety of tooling and machining applications, and SGI.4 provides unsurpassed accuracy and speed in tough, challenging, complex geometries. This platform is an ideal choice for shops looking to get top-shelf machining performance and superior machining results at a reasonable investment—a real value proposition.

Standard Features:

  • 20,000-rpm, HSK-A63 Spindle
  • Scale Feedback for X-, Y- and Z-Axes
  • Thirty (30)-Tool Magazine
  • ATC Shutter
  • Automatic Air Blow
  • Nozzle Coolant
  • Rear Coolant Tank with Chip Augers
  • Professional 5 Control
  • Super Geometric Intelligence Control (SGI.4)
  • Data Center (160 MB)
  • Part Program Storage (320 Meters)
  • Program Numbers (250)
  • Rigid Tapping
  • Centralized Auto Grease
  • Fully Enclosed Splash Guard
  • Fixed Manual Pulse Generator
  • Air Dryer
  • Helical Interpolation
  • Programming Data Input (G10)
  • Tool Offset Pairs (64 Total)
  • Tool Offset Memory C
  • Cutter Compensation C
  • Run Hour Meter Package

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