Star Cutter Company will be displaying its newest generation automated NXT 5-axis tool grinder in Booth #237013 at IMTS 2022 featuring detailed graphics that enable visitors to take a self-guided tour of the machine, which will be shadow grinding during the show. The display system will feature the 28 kW spindle option and four-station wheel change capability. It will be equipped with a robot loader and flat blade/insert clamping fixture for live demonstration of automated production. Videos to showcase tooling for form cutters, boring bars and medical hip rasps will also be on display.
The NXT is versatile tool grinder that offers a small footprint with a large grind zone, providing the ability to run both small and large diameter wheels. Featuring a modular design, it can be easily configured to meet specific customer grinding and resharpening applications while maintaining a competitive price point.
The NXT wheel pack and coolant manifold is configurable per application with up to five stations, offering the flexibility to handle everything from high mix/low volume production through low mix/high volume applications. It also has two spindle options – a 28 kW, 20,000 rpm Auto HSK for general manufacturing or a 15 kW, 24,000 rpm Auto HSK for manufacturing, regrinding and high rpm applications. In addition to the automation solution, other options for process enhancement include a clearance-optimized flip-up, air-actuated tailstock and other various workholding solutions.
With the NXT, preventative maintenance is improved through real-time tracking of temperatures, spindle hours and bearing travel distances. Key to the system’s functionality is the control software, featuring the latest Flexium Tools with NUMROTO 4.3.0, as well as an ESPRIT CAD/CAM for freeform grinding with 3D simulation and special capability for medical components.
The NXT 5-axis Tool Grinder has a 6.5' W by 7.5' L footprint with a 30.2" x 19.9" x 25.6" (LWH) grinding zone and ability to run tools up to 10" (250 mm) in diameter. It offers FANUC robotic automation with 0.196" – 1.250" (5 -32 mm) gripper assembly.