Faster, lower, slimmer … Speed Shaping
Stiffeners, tight grooves, honeycomb structures – modern lightweight construction and the resources and weight it saves would be inconceivable without these designs. But what you save in material, you often have to invest in additional processing time. Traditional milling is an extremely time-consuming procedure due to the small diameters and the significant working depths. Intricate milling tools only permit limited cutting parameters to ensure the required dimensional accuracy and surface quality. “Speed Shaping” will finally put an end to this productivity stopper.
Speed Shaping is essentially a planing procedure that is designed specifically for the production of grooves – regardless of whether they are groove/rib constructions, gears, serrations and groove designs produced quickly or on curved surfaces. The material is removed and the groove formed at a hitherto unseen speed. The combination of a fast linear motor for the rapid cutting speeds and a powerful torque motor for tool positioning come together to form a unit that can be adapted for standard milling centres, expanding the range of processing applications for this innovative method.
What is possible with the new method?
One example: if you were to use a milling tool with Ø3 mm to cut a groove with a width of 3 mm, a feed rate of F= 1.8 m/min (1,800 mm/min) would already be a respectable result and a challenge for a longer milling tool. In Speed Shaping, the feed rate can reach 180 m/min and more. In other words: an increase in processing speed by a factor of 100!
This immense reduction in processing time quickly frees up the machine for other tasks, putting an end to time-consuming milling procedures with min- and micro-cutters.