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High-Speed Milling Machine with Touchscreen Machine Control

DATRON Dynamics will launch the M8Cube Next, a German-engineered high-speed milling machine featuring the new DATRON next control system. This will be the first demonstration of this machine in North America.

The DATRON Next CNC control software is an intuitive touchscreen machine control that functions much like a smartphone. DATRON Next is image-based and leads the user through the steps required to start milling. Recognizable images replace numerical input for selecting tools and projects.

"Working in conjunction with the onboard camera and probe combination on the M8Cube Next, the software allows the operator to do things never done before on a CNC machine with just the swipe of a finger," said a company spokesperson. This includes positioning not one, but all three axes in a single movement. Plus, the camera/probe combo can be used to locate and measure workpieces for fast job set-ups that minimize operator error.

DATRON M8Cube Next features brushless, direct drives that provide faster acceleration, feedrates up to 866 IPM and shorter cycle times. A 3 kW, 40,000 RPM, liquid-chilled spindle delivers greater horsepower for heavier machining, as well as the flexibility to mill a wide range of materials. HSK-E 25 toolholders offer precision and <1 micron runout. Available spindle options include a 2 kW, 60,000 RPM spindle and a heavy-duty 4 kW spindle.

The M8Cube Next has a footprint of 69" x 69" and features a large work area of 40" x 28" x 9" (XYZ). This allows for multiple set-ups and accommodates DATRON's integrated workholding systems, automation and rotary axes-all combined and configured to meet the exact needs of the manufacturer.

The M8Cube Next includes operation indicator lights built into the gantry and control that provide visible machine status, eliminating the need for additional light sticks. Other options include a spray mist coolant system, integrated 3-D probing and automatic tool changers with up to 30 stations and tool length sensing. The M8Cube Next is suitable for precision, high or low volume production of electronic, aerospace and medical parts, as well as industrial engraving applications.

For more information contact:

DATRON Dynamics

115 Emerson Road

Milford, NH 03055


IMTS 2018 Level 3, Booth N-236008

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