Rottler F67a or other makes? Lets hear your views
Posted 15 January 2008 - 07:29
Lets hear your views and recommendations!
Posted 15 January 2008 - 11:36
I have seen it a million times... the successful, growing shop has this talent: It takes a brutally honest look at the shop workflow and the customer base. Business, not toy shop. If you can keep a particular machine busy, buy it. That decision makes itself. The generalized or multifunction machine is sort of hard to pay for when you think about it, even though it may seem to justify its existence... if that makes any sense. It's a multifunction machine, not a multitasking machine. It can still only do one thing at a time, with extra setup time and hassle in between.
Personally, if I were starting up a real professional job shop (and with sufficient capital) I might start with a Rottler F68A. (One beauty of this machine is it can run Windows or G code.) On a shoestring, I would buy used manual equipment because that stuff is available in beautiful condition for pennies on the dollar. Then I would upgrade as quickly as I could to automate the shop's actual workflow.
Posted 15 January 2008 - 11:49
On the other hand, a boring machine does exactly what it's supposed to do, was designed to do just that, has control features, machine dimensions etc all specifically to do exactly what you want it to do.
Posted 20 January 2008 - 18:47
We just launched our Engine Block Machining Center at last years PRI show...
What exactly are you looking to do?
Are you wanting to do normal generic machining on production engine blocks? Or are you more on the prototype side of things?
Do you want a machine that will do more than just engine blocks?
Take a look at the PRI video on our website:
And yes I'm in the video... I'm the Centroid guy with the long hair...;)
Lots of info on our website
We are currently leading the market in 5-Axis CNC Cylinder Head Porting and plan to tackle the engine block side of thins in the same way...
I'm actually off to Nebraska tomorrow to do startup training on an engine block machine...
I'll be happy to answer any questions honestly about either our machine or any of the other machines out there... I'm pretty much the head of development for the 4 and 5 axis machines and processes that we have... I made both types of 5-axis machnes shown in that video go, as well as the 4-axis engine block machine