EMO Milano Micromachining on a compact and powerful machining centre

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

UK — At the forthcoming EMO exhibition, Chiron will present its Micro5 compact machining centre. The small machine promises high precision for small workpieces.

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The milling spindle with double torque ensures maximum efficiency.
The milling spindle with double torque ensures maximum efficiency.
(Source: Chiron)

The smallest medical instruments and delicate parts for the micro-manufacturing, watchmaking and jewellery industries require machining that is both highly precise and also dynamic — that's where the Micro5 machining centre by Factory 5 comes into its own. The five-axis machine is compact and quick and easy to set up. With a 5:1 ratio of machine to workpieces, and a five-times lower weight, as well as a low energy consumption, the machining centre is destined to open new opportunities to manufacturers.

The central element of the Micro5, is a high-performance milling spindle. This reduces the machining time significantly compared to larger machines, the company states. Tool changes take less than five seconds. Thanks to its high rigidity, the compact, five-axis machining centre also ensures high precision and optimum surface quality. At just 500 Watts, the Micro5 also consumes very little energy. It is operated simply by an intuitive HMI panel and with a noise level under 50 decibels, it’s quieter than a dishwasher.

Increased autonomy can be achieved by automatic loading with the Feed5, a six-axis handling robot for loading and unloading, which automatically feeds in workpieces. This solution ensures autonomy and productivity for longer series runs as the handling system loads the machine. The maximum workpiece size for the Micro5 is 50 by 50 by 50 mm.