The Mini Mill 2 from Haas Automation is a CNC machining center featuring extended travels of 20" x 16" x 14" (xyz); this translates to an extension of each axis by 4". Sharing many features with the original Mini Mill released in 2000, the Mini Mill 2 combines a small footprint, full CNC capabilities and affordability.
The Mini Mill 2 receives power from a 7.5-hp vector drive system and has a 40-taper spindle capable of spinning to 6,000 rpm. The T-slot table is 40" x 14", so there is space for multiple fixtures or a single- or dual-axis rotary table. The machine’s standard equipment includes a 15" color LCD monitor with USB port, a 10-pocket carousel-style changer and one megabyte of program memory. Optional features include fourth- and fifth-axis drives, a programmable coolant nozzle, high-speed machining software, the Haas Intuitive Programming system, a chip auger and, for shops that may require more tools, the choice between a 20-pocket carousel tool changer and a 24+1 tool side-mount.
Later this year the company is releasing the Super Mini Mill 2 that features the same travel dimensions, but higher speeds, feeds and more options. The spindle is capable of 10,000 rpm with an optional 15,000 rpm spindle, along with a 15-hp vector drive system, high-speed tool changer and 1,200-ipm rapids, according to the company’s press release.