SAN DIEGO—Rock West Composites (RWC) recently brought online a new DMS Moving Table 5-Axis CNC Machine for large composite parts and other non-ferrous materials. The addition is part of RWC’s strategy to expand its machining capability for tooling, rapid prototyping, and complex parts, the company said in a press release.
The high-precision equipment provides 5 feet by 10 feet by 4 feet of usable work volume and will be used to drill, trim, and contour parts such as masters, molds, and trim and drill fixtures, in addition to prototypes and composite hardware. The ability to quickly machine large parts in-house offers a strategic cost advantage through significant risk mitigation and labor efficiencies, the company said.
“We are cultivating the resources to get things done for our customers in the most cost-efficient and reliable manner possible,” said Victor Montoya, general manager of RWC’s San Diego facility, in the release. “Bringing certain functions in-house reduces risk, increases throughput, and enables greater control over quality.”
The new custom machine is said to be particularly strong in its ability to handle large parts and complex operations. It has a stationary bridge and a moving table to facilitate faster loading and positioning of large hardware. The machine offers two operational modes, including traditional 5-axis functionality, and a secondary rotisserie operation that allows for working on tubular parts. It also has an integrated tool changer that automatically adjusts for tool length offsets, providing rapid and highly accurate machining and drilling action. The machine’s programming can compensate to a tool-center-point at the tool tip, allowing for faster and more reliable setups.
Also, with variable RPM up to 24,000 rotations per minute, the machine provides flexibility for a variety of material processing feeds and speeds. The company’s designers use CAD software that works with the CAM software to create an easy transition between the design and part.
Over the past 18 months, RWC’s San Diego facility has added multiple CNC machines to support its operations. Other equipment investments are anticipated later this year as the company grows to support new and future projects, the company said.
Rock West Composites (www.rockwestcomposites.com) provides composite products for a variety of markets. The company specializes in carbon fiber composites, offering in-stock products, including tubes, plates, and complementary materials, as well as custom products and services, such as product development, engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing. Manufacturing processes used by the company include filament winding, roll wrap, resin infusion, bladder molding, and modified closed mold processes.