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Processing large scale aluminum and composite panels

Aluminum has transformed the automotive industry, and it will continue to do so in the future. It offers a better cost benefit ratio than any of the substitute materials. Lightweight components are made from aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic for reducing the weight of the vehicle which reduces its fuel consumption and translates into less CO2 release. Lighter vehicles also offer better driving dynamics and comfort.

FlexiCAM offers a wide range of 3 to 5 axis CNC router solutions for the processing of large aluminum and composite panels for the automotive industry, especially for recreational vehicles (motorhomes, caravans), mobile homes, refrigerated (reefer) trucks & trailers, containers etc.

FlexiCAM’s high performance saw aggregate with C axis and chip extraction system is used for trimming of large composite panels (up to 100mm thickness) such as roofs, floors, side walls, trailer heads etc.

Pocketing, grooving, drilling and tapping of parts are likewise possible within machining operation, as well as printing part numbers, alignment marks and fold lines directly onto the parts before cutting.

Trimming, Drilling and Cutting of Thermoformed, Aluminum and Composite Parts

The machining of thermoformed plastic, aluminum and composite parts for automotive applications requires consistent quality of finished parts with tight tolerances.

FlexiCAM offers a wide range of CNC router solutions for the processing of thermoformed plastic, aluminum and composite components as well as complete assemblies.

These high speed 5-axis CNCs are machining all commonly used materials in the automotive industry such as aluminum, glass and carbon fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP / CFRP), epoxy, polyester, phenolic, EPS, PU, as well as many other advanced composites.

Cabinetry, Furniture, Floor Covering, Van Lining etc.

FlexiCAM CNC Routers can be used for a wide variety of applications in automotive interior and exterior such as cabinetry, furniture, floor covering, van lining etc.

By utilizing Nested Base Manufacturing (NBM) wastes will be minimized and productivity increased.

Manufacturing of Patterns, Molds, Jigs and Prototypes

Large dimension patterns, molds, jigs and prototypes can be produced in high quality from a single workpiece or large sections by using FlexiCAM’s large format 5-axis CNC machining centers.

Machining Aluminum Extrusions

FlexiCAM offers 3, 4 and 5 axis solutions for all operations required in machining aluminum extrusions, such as routing, milling, drilling and tapping. Due to the large machine sizes available, all operations can be performed while the extrusion is stationary.

The FlexiCAM Stealth provides exceptional value for the money.

It is engineered with rigid steel construction all throughout, with a single piece base frame and coupled with FlexiCAM’sAdvanced Control System (ACS) or an industry standard Siemens control system. The Stealth is great for a medium to heavy use environment, from woodworking to industrial markets, and everything in between.

The system comes with manual or automatic tool change spindles up to 12 KW, allowing for more flexibility without the need of multiple manual spindles or additional boring unit. The FlexiCAM Stealth’s work table can accommodate all popular sheet sizes and comes in many work areas up to 2 m x 11 m with 200 mm (optional 280 mm) clearance. No matter what industry you are in, the Stealth will cater to your requirements.

It is a machine that fits your market, without the need for another machine for different applications, thereby significantly reducing your costs and enhances investment for other projects.

The FlexiCAM XL is a heavy duty and high-performance work horse with single piece base frame offering many different work areas up to 2.5 m x 11 m. It is designed and tested for shops with high production requirements and is capable of 3- to 5-axis machining using the FlexiCAM Advanced Control System (ACS) or an industry standard Siemens control system. The FlexiCAM XL offers a large range of spindles of up to 25 KW, rotary tool changer, high performance chip extraction system, etc. to address specific application requirements.

It is a great solution for all types of demanding applications such as woodworking, solid surfaces, machining non-ferrous metal, composite sheets and plastic parts. With Z clearance from 200 mm to 400 mm (Z stroke up to 480 mm), the FlexiCAM XL is capable of cutting sheet materials as well as machine larger 3D objects such as molds or plugs.

The FlexiCAM XL has guaranteed efficiency and it can be fitted with almost all options available from FlexiCAM including multiple carriages or gantries, rotary axis, C axis, optical (laser) or mechanical probe systems, inkjet or laser marking and much more.

The Piranha is FlexiCAM’s 5-axis machining center designed for high speed machining of large size work pieces such as manufacturing patterns, molds, jigs and prototypes as well as for trimming large-scale structural components, thermoformed or advanced composite parts in the automotive industry.

It has a work envelope of up to 60 m x 12 m x4 m, powerful spindles of up to 25 KW and is running on the FlexiCAM Advanced Control System (ACS) or an industry standard Siemens or Fanuc control system.

The FlexiCAM Piranha excels at processing large parts where long axis travels, height under the gantry and a long stroke is required.

Efficiency of the machine can be enhanced with further options such as multiple gantries, optical (laser) or mechanical probe, palette changer for the workpieces, dust collection system, and much more.

The FlexiCAM Xtreme is a large format modular design CNC router that has a work area of virtually unlimited length and widths of up to 5 m. This machine is ideally suited for machining large format aluminum and composite panels in markets like recreation vehicles, caravan & mobile homes, truck & trailer manufacturing, isothermal containers as well as boat building or aerospace

The FlexiCAM Xtreme allows large format panel processing, part cutting, production line manufacturing, etc. in 3-, 4- or 5-axis operation. It comes with the FlexiCAM Advanced Control System (ACS) or an industry standard Siemens control system.

With many available options such as multiple carriages or gantries, automatic tool change spindles up to 25 KW with rotary tool changer, high performance chip extraction systems, extended Z clearance and stroke and much more, you will be able to exponentially increase your production.