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MACHMINI Report Summary

Project ID: G1RD-CT-2001-00657
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: United Kingdom

MACHMINI machine

The MACHMINI machine was constructed to enable the tool-system to render functional surfaces of components, which were displaced in a controlled manner relative to the tool-system. This was defined as the operating mode, regardless of the type of type of tool used in the rendering process. The frame is L-shaped and is extended on either side of the machine to support a variety of tools and dividing heads; tools and devices can be mounted either on either the X- or Y-planes to enable the manipulation of components.

The machine is essentially a 3-axis CNC machine, except that a Z1-signal was incorporated to drive a tool or spindle to support either the forming of miniature components or form rendering functional surfaces. This additional signal was incorporated to enable the supply of conditioned signals to the tool-system.
The machine may be programmed using standard NC codes.

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