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    Default Getting a new Sodick wire edm

    Hey guys,
    I'm getting a new Sodick ALN600G this week and besides from what I can read about them online, I'm curious about some of the newer features they have. I've been running an AQ537L since 2010, what's new to me is the Smart Pulse Generator and the Taper Flex package up to 22°.

    Those of you who have a Sodick with these features, has the Smart Pulse benefited you with your wire work? I typically do 1 rough and 3 skims so I am anxious to see how this affects my normal process.

    And the Taper Flex, does this require any extra attention as far as programming? Going past 10° will be new to me as far as 4 axis cutting.

    I get 3 days of training which is good, but I wanted to check with the real world to get some more info and see what ppl have experienced.

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    No experience with the newer machines, but we machine 4 axis almost daily, ranging from 5-15deg without issues....

    Is the Taper flex a more robust process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    No experience with the newer machines, but we machine 4 axis almost daily, ranging from 5-15deg without issues....

    Is the Taper flex a more robust process?
    I'm guessing it has more control/sensitivity on the bigger angles, I don't really know yet.

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    Congratulations on your new machine! I'm sure you'll love it! We just got a new VL600Q and it's a great machine, a big step up from my old AP500 Sodick. How's the support in Pa? Support here is excellent!

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    We have one of these machines. Its a great machine. We have 2 other older Sodicks, AG600L and a AQ750L. We do alot of tall parts so they both have the 60 amp high speed generator. The ALN roughs just as fast and skims faster. Its gives a better finish with 2 skims than the other machines do with 4 skims.


    Taper flex gives extremely accurate taper and 4 axis burns. We cut up to 35 degrees so we have the high taper Ruby guides as well.

    The best part is the Auto Threader. Its works really good. We do .020" start holes. The older machines have a hard time threading but the ALN has no issues at all threading. It also threads submerged at the wire break point instead of returning to the thread point.

    You'll be happy with it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    No experience with the newer machines, but we machine 4 axis almost daily, ranging from 5-15deg without issues....

    Is the Taper flex a more robust process?

    Taper Flex is a combination of software and a measuring jig. The machine uses the jig to measure the exact pivot point on the guides for a specific angle. It can be used for up to 22 degrees with the standard guides or up to 45 degrees with the Ruby Taper guides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane030173 View Post
    We have one of these machines. Its a great machine. We have 2 other older Sodicks, AG600L and a AQ750L. We do alot of tall parts so they both have the 60 amp high speed generator. The ALN roughs just as fast and skims faster. Its gives a better finish with 2 skims than the other machines do with 4 skims.


    Taper flex gives extremely accurate taper and 4 axis burns. We cut up to 35 degrees so we have the high taper Ruby guides as well.

    The best part is the Auto Threader. Its works really good. We do .020" start holes. The older machines have a hard time threading but the ALN has no issues at all threading. It also threads submerged at the wire break point instead of returning to the thread point.

    You'll be happy with it!!
    That's great to hear!I have some jobs coming that i have to hole pop 96 start holes that will probably be .020 - .030. I'm pretty excited for it to get here.

    And greggv, I'm in NWPA and our service/support has always been great, no complaints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane030173 View Post
    We have one of these machines. Its a great machine. We have 2 other older Sodicks, AG600L and a AQ750L. We do alot of tall parts so they both have the 60 amp high speed generator. The ALN roughs just as fast and skims faster. Its gives a better finish with 2 skims than the other machines do with 4 skims.


    Taper flex gives extremely accurate taper and 4 axis burns. We cut up to 35 degrees so we have the high taper Ruby guides as well.

    The best part is the Auto Threader. Its works really good. We do .020" start holes. The older machines have a hard time threading but the ALN has no issues at all threading. It also threads submerged at the wire break point instead of returning to the thread point.

    You'll be happy with it!!
    The new wire is running and you were right. This machine is awesome and the threader is great, such an improvement from the older models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jz814 View Post
    That's great to hear!I have some jobs coming that i have to hole pop 96 start holes that will probably be .020 - .030. I'm pretty excited for it to get here.

    And greggv, I'm in NWPA and our service/support has always been great, no complaints.
    How deep are your .02" holes? Will probably be faster to drill them if they aren't super deep.

    https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/00902767

    We use these circuit board drills all the time for aluminum. We go from .006"-.028" diameters... 10-20x deep...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    How deep are your .02" holes? Will probably be faster to drill them if they aren't super deep.

    https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/00902767

    We use these circuit board drills all the time for aluminum. We go from .006"-.028" diameters... 10-20x deep...
    I have 4 plates at 1.0in thick Rc58-60 , i'm using a .4mm electrode to hole pop a start hole to then finish on the wire. Hole finishes at .029 ±.0005. Regardless it's not much fun.


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