Thank You For Making IMTS 2016 A Success!
The team at Absolute Machine Tools wants to give a huge thanks to our customers, partners and all those who attended IMTS 2016 for helping make this event a huge success!
The 31st edition of this bi-annual show ran from Sept. 12-17 in Chicago. It featured the highest number of exhibiting companies in the show’s history, with 2,407 companies and 115,612 registrants.
Absolute Machine Tools launched many new models at the show, including the Tongtai iVU-5 Rotary-Type Ultrasonic Assisted Machining Center. This machine can be used for microhole drilling and machining of glass, sapphire, silicon carbide, quartz, ceramic, hardened steel, high nickel alloys, and non-ferrous materials. Rotary Ultrasonic Machining combines high-speed spindle rotation with high-frequency vertical vibration of the cutting tool.
The Tongtai iVU-5 uses a diamond tool that impacts the material with high contact speed, reducing cutting force and producing ultra-fine finishes while improving cutting efficiency 3-5 times faster than conventional machining. For certain EDM applications, Ultrasonic machining may be a better solution as it can greatly reduce cycle time. In a test cut using Tungsten Carbide, the iVU-5 Ultrasonic machine cut a 4mm x 60mm x 3mm groove 4 times faster than a wire EDM. Ultra fine finishing is also an advantage with ultrasonic machining as it can create a mirror image without polishing.
IMTS 2018 is already scheduled for Sept. 10-15, 2018, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and we can’t wait to see you there again! In the meantime, we’re here to help with all of your machining needs. Contact us today to learn more about the machines we had on exhibit at IMTS 2016 or our other many high-quality machine tools.