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Jingdiao 5-axis Machining Make Hard Work Easy

Since mold industry in Wenzhou area of Zhejiang province is relatively developed, there are a lot of enterprises spreading all over the region. One of Jingdiao's customers locates there and is engaged in mold machining. Because it is not far from Jingdiao Wenzhou Branch, the customer often visits us to see if there are new processes. Meanwhile, we also visit customer regularly to check equipment usage and discuss some solutions to the latest processing requirements.

During a daily visit, he talked about something bothering. "Inserts in die mold industry are becoming more and more difficult to machine due to the complex surfaces and steep areas.", he said. "These areas cannot be processed through CNC machining, and EDM is necessary for processing steep areas, which make it difficult to control the quality and delivery date. So, I'm facing a dilemma. On one hand, if my company undertake this kind of business, there'll be no money to make while taking great risks. On another hand, if we choose business, it will definitely affect the overall business, and may eventually lose potential customers."

We asked him if other factories are facing similar problems when processing these regular parts of mold. He said:" Some people say it's hard to do, others don't. Those factories who feel hard to machine these parts are basically the same as me, using 3-axis machining with EDM. For those who say it's easy to do all adopt 5-axis processing without using or hardly using EDM."

When we were confused about why he doesn't use 5-axis machining since knowing the advantages. He added:" Actually, I investigated 5-axis machine tools and observed its machining process of inserts. Though I felt very excited, there was a huge risk that made me hesitate. The risk is there is nobody can use 5-axis machine tools in my technical team. So paying for 5-axis machine tools is meaningless when lack of personnel and cannot solve my problems either."

After listening to his problem, we introduced our successful case based on Jingdiao 5-axis high-speed machining center, JDGR400, and performed the function of "5-axis machining in software" on computer. He was not fully understood and was still a little suspicious. However, it could be told that he has some interest in it.

A few days later, he called us and asked if we could help him process a complex insert. After getting the model, we analyzed the structure and processing requirements, and finished the product in a few days by using 5-axis machining.

The customer was surprised to see such a beautiful mold insert. He called all the technicians in the factory and told them "this will be the new standard in our factory." The fitting result was also perfect and the injection products had no defect which made their upstream customer very satisfied.

Through this verification, the customer had a new understanding of the capability of Jingdiao 5-axis high-speed machining centers. He said, "I know that your engineers are not specialized in mold making. But you can finish the processing in such a short time with this effect. The technicians in my factory are all experienced mold maker, so if they know how to use Jingdiao 5-axis high-speed machining centers, my hesitation about not using 5-axis machine tools will be released."

According to their need, we arranged 5-axis technical training and practical training for customer's personnel. Through which they gradually realized that an important reason why Jingdiao 5-axis machine tools are easy-to-use is because Jingdiao 5-axis CAM software. As its unique feature is building virtual environment that is very similar to real production site, and completing path calculation and simulation processing on computer. The process analysis on computer greatly reduces the collision risk of actual machining. Furthermore, measurement program can also be written in the software to analyze cutting results of each process, thus reducing the risk of transmission errors.

After understanding Jingdiao 5-axis machining, the customer said, "For the same mold insert, we are exhausted and not making money, while others make great advantages and wealth. To change this situation, first of all, we need to change our concepts. Those that seem need to be done by 3-axis machining will be easily and efficiently processed by 5-axis machining."

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