Faustson Adds New 5-Axis DMG MORI Milling Machine for Quick-Turn Machining Projects
New DMU 95 monoBLOCK expands company’s quick-turn machining capabilities in response to customer requests
Faustson, a worldwide leader in machining and additive manufacturing, has added a new 5-axis milling machine to its existing lineup of 5-axis milling, 3D metal printing, and multi-axis EDM technology. The DMU 95 monoBLOCK is from DMG MORI’s DMU monoBLOCK series of universal machining centers and expands Faustson’s quick-turn machining capabilities.
Fauston Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, “We strive to be responsive to what our customers need, and we kept getting quick-turn requests. We’ll use this new milling center exclusively for quick-turn projects. With it, we will deliver jobs in just one to two weeks, in and out, compared to a more typical eight-to-ten-week lead time.”
Hostetter noted that their research showed them that the high-end precision shops in the region were at full capacity. In most cases it was six to eight weeks before a customer could expect to get a project on a machine. That, coupled with customers requesting quick-turn service, drove this high-six-figure purchase.
The new machine is known for its stability, is made from a single casting, and includes advanced software and 60 sensors that monitor its operations. Digital software provides the capability to program complex machining cycles at a much faster rate. Table tilt gives simultaneous 5-axis capability, rather than 4+1. Though the DMU 95 monoBLOCK handles all materials and super alloys, Fauston will use it for aluminum and titanium parts that require no additional operations other than heat treating.
“For Faustson, there is no learning curve on this machine,” said Andre Rusconi of DMG MORI. “They’re progressive and were one of the first in the region to add simultaneous 5-axis capability back in the late 1990s. They have a very high skill set and will get maximum use and value out of this purchase. They have five other machines with the same control system, so they hit the ground running. Those that don’t know the system have a six- to 12-month learning curve to understand the cutting and turning strategies. Given the economy, the customer demand, the low unemployment rate, equipment like this with a lot of automation capabilities is a wise investment.”
Reserving this milling center for quick-turn machining, scheduling the machine and making parts this way enables Faustson to deliver jobs 80% faster and get customers 80% BOM (Bill of Materials). That time savings gives Faustson customers the flexibility to handle the final 20% of the part-complete process in whatever way they choose and still come out ahead in terms of time to a completed part.
The applications for this machine for quick-turn machining span the multiple industries Faustson serves, including aerospace, defense, engineering, medical, and automotive. The increased capabilities it enables allow Faustson to expand their client base and bring additional economic activity to Denver and Colorado.
Besides the attributes previously mentioned, the DMU 95 monoBLOCK features:
- A spindle touch probe for in-process quality control to verify internal diameters, circularity, and more.
- A 20,000-rpm spindle, with high torque and high rpm for fine control on light duty cutting and power for heavy-duty work.
- A laser for setting tools, checking form, runout and radius of each tool. If a tool dulls or breaks, the machine can be programmed to swap it out for a new tool on its own, allowing jobs to be left running unattended.
- High-pressure coolant for faster drilling of holes and improved surface finishes.
- Heidenhain TNC 640 contouring control, one of the most powerful in the industry.
- An expanded tool changer capacity.
Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. Faustson has been at the forefront of the manufacturing industry since 1982, continuing a tradition of pioneering the newest technology and pushing its limits. The company, woman-owned and -operated small business, takes on challenging applications using state-of-the-art precision machining to do things no one else in the industry thinks can be done. The company provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, quick-turn machining, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production and efficient production of standard parts. Learn more by visiting their website, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Contact Faustson via the company’s website. Request a quote here.
Faustson operates a 16,000-square-foot facility with more than 20 highly skilled employees, and is owned and operated by Alicia Svaldi. Faustson remains in the forefront of the manufacturing industry, continuing a tradition of pioneering the newest technology and pushing its limits. Faustson takes on the most challenging applications only a few U.S. companies can handle, using state-of-the-art precision machining to do things no one else in the industry thinks can be done. Faustson’s reputation for innovation and excellence has earned the company prestigious clientele: Faustson manufactured a key component in NASA’s Kepler space telescope, and has worked with Ball Aerospace to produce parts for the U.S. F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet.
About DMG MORI
DMG MORI, recognized as one of the innovation leaders in the industry, has a global presence, with 164 sales and service centers providing local support worldwide. Bringing German and Japanese tradition together – precision and technological leadership in machine tool building. DMG MORI benefits from the combined engineering mastery of 60 years of Mori Seiki and 148 years of GILDEMEISTER. For additional information, visit us.dmgmori.com, or social media platforms; Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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