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Processing large scale aluminum and composite panels

The use of tough, weldable, formable, and corrosion resistant aluminum alloys has made them the material class of choice for weight sensitive marine applications such as police craft, search & rescue and commercial vessels, fast ferries and hovercrafts, and luxury yachts, and to lighten the top-sides of offshore structures and cruise ships. By using aluminum, boat builders can design ships and boats with high-speed capability, high payloads, long life, and low maintenance costs, as well as a high recycle value. FlexiCAM offers a wide range of CNC router solutions for the processing of aluminum and composite sheets and plates as well as extrusions for hull construction, hull stringers and ribs, bulkheads, deck, cabin or T-top, rub rails, sailboat masts, handrails, stairways and walkways, radar towers, furnishings etc.

With FlexiCAM’s high performance chip extraction system that allows recycling of aluminum chips, and the Nested Base Manufacturing (NBM) of aluminum parts, you can expect less waste and increased productivity. The excellent edge finish and extremely tight tolerances of the cut does no longer require secondary processing of the parts thus the parts and edges are ready for bending, welding, 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.

Large dimension models and molds for boats and yachts

large dimension models, plugs and molds for boat and yachts hulls, decks and accessories can be produced in high quality from a single workpiece or large sections by using FlexiCAM’s large format 5-axis CNC machining centers.

Trimming of fiberglass boat hulls, decks and accessories

The trimming of fiberglass (FRP) boat hulls, decks and accessories by FlexiCAM 5-axis CNC routers ensures the consistency of quality of finished parts with tight tolerances. These high speed 5-axis CNCs are machining all commonly used materials in the marine industry such as wood, sandwich and honeycomb panels, EPS, PU, epoxy, polyester as well as advanced composites.

Cabin and galley interiors

FlexiCAM CNC Routers are used for cabin & galley interiors utilizing Nested Base Manufacturing (NBM) to minimize wastes and increase productivity.

Countertops (Solid Surface)

FlexiCAM CNC routers are one of the most versatile tools for any solid surface operation having the ability to cut, chamfer, rout, inlay, engrave, v-groove and drill. FlexiCAM CNC routers can machine a variety of solid surface materials including Corian®, Avonite®, LG Hi Macs®, Wilsonart®, Hanex® and others.

Nested Base Manufacturing (NBM) of rib and stringer components

FlexiCAM CNC routers are used for Nested Base Manufacturing (NBM) of stringers, ribs and bulkheads in various materials using true shape nesting to minimize wastes and increase productivity.

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 7 m x 5 m, powerful spindles of up to 100 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 30 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.