we are looking to get a small verticle cnc machine capable of doing 5 axis work. we dont do big stuff hardly at all...its all medical fixtureing... we have been doing multiple setup with several HAAS machines now using 4th axis and conventional machinging...we hav a lather and two vmcs.
the mazak would be new for us, its more money...the boss likes it....why should we get it? its about $40K over the same thing in a HAAS machine...but i dont doubt that the mazak would be a better, longer lasting machine...but since we dont work our machine shard anyway. the HAASs have been lasting and running great even after 15 years.
we dont have a lot of room for the machine so we can do the large frame machines...its VF2 size or smaller....but we would like to have a vice set up and the 5th axis rotary as well..IF POSSIBLE...because the percentage of 5 axis work is maybe 5-8%....but we want to do it!!!
Id hate to give up that machine capacity just having it sit, because the 5 axis tooling is so heavy to remove and replace.
we dont know mazak at all.....so ill ask here..
its all light cuts drilling and milling grooves and slots ect....no mold work or castings.....no production...just tooling
hope to here from you. i realize they have only made about 10 of these new machines so far.but you guys might know about MAZAK in general