M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. of Brea, Calif., invested about $700,000 in acquiring its 11th computer-numerically controlled machining center and complementary computer-aided manufacturing software.
The mold maker received delivery of a Yasda YBM Vi40 precision center on Aug. 11 and began training technicians to prepare for the machine's start of operations.
M.R. Mold acquired the Vi40 through Methods Machine Tools Inc. of Sudbury Mass. Machine manufacturer Yasda Precision Tools KK of Satosho, Japan, utilizes in-house production for all Vi40 components.
The machine's jig bore mill frame and three-axis movement supply a rigid platform that can morph into a five-axis system with the addition of a massive tilting rotary table. The machine weighs 30,000 pounds.
The Vi40 model has five-sided machining with a single set-up, and the structure is designed for hard milling die mold applications. Rick Finnie, M.R. Mold president, anticipated the machine will significantly reduce the number of process steps and machining times.
For concurrent implementation, M.R. Mold purchased version 2015.1 of hyperMill CAM software from Open Mind Technologies AG of Wessling, Germany.
M.R. Mold occupies 15,000 square feet and employs 30.