The most robust and flexible gear cutting machine on the market

Affolter will present the new AF110 at Siams in Moutier, Switzerland, from May 6 to 9, 2014 (Hall 2.2, stand A-1). Later in the year, the company will have a booth at the EPHJ in Geneva (June 17-20) and will again present the AF110 at the AMB in Stuttgart (16-20 September).

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In 2010, the R&D team of Affolter undertook the design of the AF110. Result? The most robust and flexible gear cutting machine on the market to date: “In comparison with the AF100, we have doubled the clamping force to 1000 newtons. Torque and rigidity of the spindle have been increased, the axis is more robust and there is only one clamping axis that moves, thus optimizing the overall stiffness and minimizing vibration”, explains Mr Affolter, Director. The AF110 is very compact, and uses the same basis and the same volume as the AF100. With the launch of this innovative gear cutting center, Affolter – a company founded in 1919 – strengthens its position of global technology leader.

Flexibility, an asset: worm screw cutting
Nowadays, Affolter experts are developing the ‘Unit 90’ an additional option that will allow users to machine worms on the AF 110. Mr Affolter says: “We are going to offer this optional element during the second half of 2014. The AF110 will be the most flexible machine of the market for gear and worms cutting”.

Reduced cycle times: maximizing productivity
Affolter engineers have sought to reduce cycle times in order to make the machine as productive as possible. The AF110 is equipped with user-friendly CNC Leste control developed internally, which ensures easy and quick realisation microtechnological gears. The compact design and the improved rigidity are other key features guaranteeing short cycles and maximum efficiency.

To be discovered at Siams very soon!

Affolter Technologies SA
Grand-Rue 76
CH-2735 Malleray
Switzerland
Tel : +41 32 491 70 00
Fax : +41 32 491 70 05
[email protected]
www.affoltergroup.ch

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New material to replace any metal

In microtechnology and high precision machining, it is always difficult to find the perfect fit between the materials, the coolant, the tools and the machine. In every field, specialists are fighting to find the perfect mix between all those parameters. The University Of Bern, Switzerland, may have put all those troubles to a stop.

New material

This morning the University’s spokesman announced the achievement of the new nano-structured material whose proprieties can change according to the level of microwaves you submit it.

One single material for every application
Dr. Ing. Günther Huxley says: “It’s a great achievement we’re proud to present to the world after more than 10 years of researches. With the new Flexistuff®, we can replace any kind of material.” Actually the process is quite genial, you submit the material to a microwave frequency specified by design and the output is a material with the same proprieties as Stainelss steel, Titanum, PEEK, brass or any material.

Accurate proprieties according to the wavelength
Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimeter, or equivalently, with frequencies between 300 MHz (0.3 GHz) and 300 GHz. This broad definition includes both UHF and EHF (millimeter waves), and various sources use different boundaries. In all cases, microwave includes the entire SHF band (3 to 30 GHz, or 10 to 1 cm) at minimum, with RF engineering often putting the lower boundary at 1 GHz (30 cm), and the upper around 100 GHz (3 mm).

And there is more
Some material are hard to machine and with this new material, you can machine it easily as Brass and once machined you put the parts into a microwave oven and change its structure into the material you want. M. K. H. Scheer, specialists in high precision machining says: “For us it’s a great development, we will be able to machine our medical implants as easily as in brass (first microwave specification before machining) and then change the proprieties. That will save us many troubles and we will also be able to offer a better price for our parts”. This will also help implants manufacturer keep cost under control.

We will come back on this great discovery tomorrow.

Cheers
Pierre-Yves

 

Update from April 2, 2014 –  this news is a joke published for the first of April ;o)

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