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    Default Any CNC Milling Peeps on here - I need advise please.

    Hi, at work we have a few CNC Milling machines, such as the Fanuc Controlled Yang Eagle 600 and Eagle 1000 with a 20 Tool ATC.

    They are mostly used for metal working, but one is also used for machining plastic enclosures for us peeps in the Electrical Dept. We require batches of up to 250 at a time, with maching on upto 4 faces.

    Our biggest enclosure is 360mm x 254mm x 111mm.
    The max wall thickness is 4mm.

    The 360mm is the max height above the machine bed that needs machining.

    The smallest enclosure is 65mm on the longest edge.

    The drilling is up to 25mm diameter, plus tapping up to 20mm, and milling slots, etc.

    So I am trying to get the boss to look at a dedicated mlling machine for plastic, but I need to know what I a talking about.

    I have asked the machinist's but they just say they need more of the Eagle 600's or similar.

    They fit a maximum of 3 enclosures at a time into the machines, as they have 3 vices clamped to the table.

    I am thinking of a smaller machine, with more vices (or similar method of securing the work piece) and perhaps 10 tool ATC.

    So any thoughts??
    Thanks

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    Try Googling "3D printing"

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    Thanks you, it's very interesting watching 3D printing.
    I wonder how soon after they invented the process did they make male or female body parts?
    However I need a subtractive process for my purposes.

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    The smaller CNC Milling Machines i'm used to are normally Bridgeports, however it's not clear from you post what exactly you want.

    Do you want Set up and Machine one, then remove and set the next.
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    Set up one, start machining. While machining set up and 2nd.
    Machine 2nd, remove 1st unit and set another etc.

    Please make sure you get Fanuc control too.

    The business I used to work in had a DSG lathe with Fanuc, bought a 2nd DSG and had a different control system.
    Wasn't user friendly running both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keif View Post
    Do you want Set up and Machine one, then remove and set the next.
    or
    Set up one, start machining. While machining set up and 2nd.
    Machine 2nd, remove 1st unit and set another etc.
    Hi Keif, thanks for your input.

    I'm not sure, but probably the second option. I understand that is a sort of turntable operation with no ATC

    The set up at the moment is set up and machine 3 (3 vices, 3 boxes) then machine 3 more, etc., then, at end of batch, change program and machine the other box faces 3 at a time.

    I am at the limit of my knowledge about CNC's and I need to tell the boss my thoughts.

    Going to Google Bridgeports now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Keif View Post
    Please make sure you get Fanuc control too.
    Very good point, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyP2020 View Post
    I'm not sure, but probably the second option. I understand that is a sort of turntable operation with no ATC
    You can have an ATC with a twin table set up but having two "beds" you're talking big machine and big money.

    Cheaper option would be a small machine that does one piece at a time, but have a quick set up fixture. So turn round is quick and accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keif View Post
    You can have an ATC with a twin table set up but having two "beds" you're talking big machine and big money.

    Cheaper option would be a small machine that does one piece at a time, but have a quick set up fixture. So turn round is quick and accurate.
    Sounds good. Cheaper and smaller is what I'm thinking too. Any suggestions?

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    Unfortunately I only machined big stuff (between 1 and 2 meters in Diameter) so all the small machines where not CNC.

    Plus i've been off the duckboard for a couple of years now doing a Quality based job.

    Might be worth asking on www.cnczone.com

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    Thanks Mate, I will head over to cnczone.com

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