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A unique

machining center

The P-Series 5 axis machining center is one of the most innovative CNC machines in the world. This machine was invented by the engineer and visionary Dr. Michael Schwaar 20 years ago. The CNC control and kinematics of this machining center was at least 10 years ahead of the technical state of the art at that time. Because this machine showed already at that time, how a kind of robot in mechanical engineering can produce high quality components.

Thanks to the patented parallel kinematics and the optimized machine components, machining with high dynamics (1g) is possible. But this machining center can machine materials that are difficult to machine but also very porous. Thus, this CNC machine is an all-rounder and you benefit from high flexibility in your metalworks fabrication.

machine tool

The Pentapod machining center is suitable for the production and processing of workpieces from the automotive, foundry, shipbuilding, tank construction, on shore and off shore, mine construction and any steel construction. Thanks to the minimalist modularity of the machine, it proves to be very low maintenance and robust. The design shows an optimal size of the machine with maximum use of machining space at the same time. The CNC control is user-friendly and proves to be highly efficient in 5 to 7 axis machining.

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Additive manufacturing

with machining center

Generating large industrially relevant components using additive manufacturing is no longer a hurdle thanks to the integration of 3D printing tools in our 5-axis machining centers. The WAAM and SEAM processes are two innovative methods for the rapid production of metal and plastic components.

In our CNC machines, the printed components can be intermediately or post-processed (milling or drilling) in the same workpiece clamping. In addition, thanks to our 5-axis kinematics, additive manufacturing of additional components on existing parts is possible.

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

The so-called WAAM process is ideally suited for the additive manufacturing of large metallic components. The advantages are in particular the high build-up rate compared to powder-based processes and the material savings compared to subtractive manufacturing. However, with our CNC machining centers, both processes can be automated in one machine. It is of great advantage to produce the component during the additive and the intermediate or downstream subtractive manufacturing in one clamping.

Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing

To print large plastic parts we have integrated the 3D tool SEAM in our CNC machines. Compared to filament-based printers, this process delivers large components quickly and cost-effectively, which are suitable for industrial use thanks to the integration of reinforcing fibers. This tool can be used in the stationary P-Series as well as in our mobile machine. The advantage is the hybrid process – additive manufacturing of plastic components with intermediate or downstream CNC milling process in mobile use.

A unique

machining center

The P-Series Machining Center is one of the most innovative CNC machines in the world. This machine was invented by the engineer and visionary Dr. Michael Schwaar 20 years ago. The CNC control and kinematics of this machining center was at least 10 years ahead of the technical state of the art at that time. Because this machine showed already at that time, how a kind of robot in mechanical engineering can produce high quality components.

Thanks to the patented parallel kinematics and the optimized machine components, machining with high dynamics (1g) is possible. But this machining center can machine materials that are difficult to machine but also very porous. Thus, this CNC machine is an all-rounder and you benefit from high flexibility in your metalworks fabrication.

The Pentapod machining center is suitable for the production and processing of workpieces from the automotive, foundry, shipbuilding, tank construction, on shore and off shore, mine construction and any steel construction. Thanks to the minimalist modularity of the machine, it proves to be very low maintenance and robust. The design shows an optimal size of the machine with maximum use of machining space at the same time. The CNC control is user-friendly and proves to be highly efficient in 5 to 7 axis machining.

GET YOUR MACHINING CENTER

Additive manufacturing

with machining center

Generating large industrially relevant components using additive manufacturing is no longer a hurdle thanks to the integration of 3D printing tools in our 5-axis machining centers. The WAAM and SEAM processes are two innovative methods for the rapid production of metal and plastic components.

In our CNC machines, the printed components can be intermediately or post-processed (milling or drilling) in the same workpiece clamping. In addition, thanks to our 5-axis kinematics, additive manufacturing of additional components on existing parts is possible.

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

The so-called WAAM process is ideally suited for the additive manufacturing of large metallic components. The advantages are in particular the high build-up rate compared to powder-based processes and the material savings compared to subtractive manufacturing. However, with our CNC machining centers, both processes can be automated in one machine. It is of great advantage to produce the component during the additive and the intermediate or downstream subtractive manufacturing in one clamping.

Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing

To print large plastic parts we have integrated the 3D tool SEAM in our CNC machines. Compared to filament-based printers, this process delivers large components quickly and cost-effectively, which are suitable for industrial use thanks to the integration of reinforcing fibers. This tool can be used in the stationary P-Series as well as in our mobile machine. The advantage is the hybrid process – additive manufacturing of plastic components with intermediate or downstream CNC milling process in mobile use.

Robust

5-axis machine

The special feature of our Pentapods and P-Series machining centers is already evident from the machine structure. On the one hand, the five struts can be seen, which act to hold and move the machine spindle and the tool. The second structural feature is the icosahedron shape. 

As a physical body, the icosahedron has the highest inherent rigidity. This advantage is exploited here, so that high rigidity of the machine is provided without a machine foundation, thus enabling high machining accuracy. The combination of the icosahedron and the 5 struts kinematics (Pentapod) is an optimal solution for a robust and durable CNC machining center. Likewise, this advantage plays out especially in the PM-Series, which is particularly suitable for mobile machining. 

Tempered

machine tool

The temperature control is another feature of Metrom’s unique Pentapod CNC machines. But this feature makes our machine stable and usable for application sites where the environmental conditions are not optimal. So the icosahedron frame has no only the special shape, but another special feature. 

The icosahedron structure of the machine hood with the 5 ball screws is a construction of tubes.  Water is constantly pumped and circulate through the tubes and five struts, which keeps the enclosure at a constant temperature to counteract external temperature fluctuations and finally allows high machining accuracy.

P-Series

machining centers

We basically build four different sizes of machining centers. The size is basically determined by the icosahedron hood and consequently by the desired machining area. All machining centers have an automatic tool changing system and rotary table. The linear units of the rotary table can vary or be omitted depending on the components to be machined. The control panel is basically detached from the machine and can therefore be positioned according to the wishes of the operator. Our machines are basically designed for dry machining, but wet machining is also possible if necessary. However, we recommend dry machining for cost and environmental reasons.

P800

800 x 800 x 500

P1000

1000 x 1000 x 600

P1400

1400 x 1400 x 800

P2000

2000 x 2000 x 1000

Additive manufacturing

with machining center

Generating large industrially relevant components using additive manufacturing is no longer a hurdle thanks to the integration of 3D printing tools in our 5-axis machining centers. The WAAM and SEAM processes are two innovative methods for the rapid production of metal and plastic components.

In our CNC machines, the printed components can be intermediately or post-processed (milling or drilling) in the same workpiece clamping. In addition, thanks to our 5-axis kinematics, additive manufacturing of additional components on existing parts is possible.

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

The so-called WAAM process is ideally suited for the additive manufacturing of large metallic components. The advantages are in particular the high build-up rate compared to powder-based processes and the material savings compared to subtractive manufacturing. However, with our CNC machine centers, both processes can be automated in one machine. It is of great advantage to produce the component during the additive and the intermediate or downstream subtractive manufacturing in one clamping.

Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing

To print large plastic parts we have integrated the 3D tool SEAM in our CNC machines. Compared to filament-based printers, this process delivers large components quickly and cost-effectively, which are suitable for industrial use thanks to the integration of reinforcing fibers. This tool can be used in the stationary P-Series as well as in our mobile machine. The advantage is the hybrid process – additive manufacturing of plastic components with intermediate or downstream CNC milling process in mobile use.

P-Series

machining centers

We basically build four different sizes of machining centers. The size is basically determined by the icosahedron hood and consequently by the desired machining area. All machining centers have an automatic tool changing system and rotary table. The linear units of the rotary table can vary or be omitted depending on the components to be machined. The control panel is basically detached from the machine and can therefore be positioned according to the wishes of the operator. Our machines are basically designed for dry machining, but wet machining is also possible if necessary. However, we recommend dry machining for cost and environmental reasons.

P800

800 x 800 x 500

P1000

1000 x 1000 x 600

P1400

1400 x 1400 x 800

P2000

2000 x 2000 x 1000

Special

components

Our Pentapod machine tools are characterized by their simple but robust construction. So that the purely mechanical components of the machine is focused on the essential. Of course, the characteristic icosahedron design is evident in all machining centers. The most important standard components of our machines are the five ball screws, the tool changer and the machine table.

The ball screws are one of the most process relevant parts of the machine and have been optimized over the last 20 years. Now we are able to provide our customers with the maximum stiffness and performance. Basically, the task of the 5 ball screws is to perform a 5-axis machining of the spindle. Through their axial movements, the spindle is guided accordingly. They must therefore be robust in order to support the weight of the spindle and to absorb the process forces, especially during milling.

An essential component of a CNC machining center is the automatic tool changer. It ensures fast and automated production. The spindle can access the magazine and pick up the various tools from the magazine.
At Metrom, two types of tool changers are used. The pick-up changer is suitable for users who require few tools for their machining process. In order to have a higher flexibility, the changer is worthwhile as a turret with several places.But we have adapted our tool changer for hybrid production. We are able to integrate stations in our machines to deposit a welding head or extruder for 3D printing.

The machine table of a conventional machine tool determines the process. Today’s modern machine tools use rotary tilting tables to enable 5-axis machining. On the other hand, this table must have a high stiffness in order to be able to machine heavy components with high accuracy.
With our CNC machines we move the lighter spindle 5 axes to the workpiece. This reduces the load on the table during the process. However, it is advantageous to use a rotary table to enable 6-axis machining and thus complete machining of complex or rotary components. We use modern machine tools for an optimal CNC process.

Special

components

Our Pentapod machine tools are characterized by their simple but robust construction. So that the purely mechanical components of the machine is focused on the essential. Of course, the characteristic icosahedron design is evident in all machining centers. The most important standard components of our machines are the five ball screws, the tool changer and the machine table.

The ball screws are one of the most process relevant parts of the machine and have been optimized over the last 20 years. Now we are able to provide our customers with the maximum stiffness and performance. Basically, the task of the 5 ball screws is to perform a 5-axis machining of the spindle. Through their axial movements, the spindle is guided accordingly. They must therefore be robust in order to support the weight of the spindle and to absorb the process forces, especially during milling.

An essential component of a CNC machining center is the automatic tool changer. It ensures fast and automated production. The spindle can access the magazine and pick up the various tools from the magazine.
At Metrom, two types of tool changers are used. The pick-up changer is suitable for users who require few tools for their machining process. In order to have a higher flexibility, the changer is worthwhile as a turret with several places.But we have adapted our tool changer for hybrid production. We are able to integrate stations in our machines to deposit a welding head or extruder for 3D printing.

The machine table of a conventional machine tool determines the process. Today’s modern machine tools use rotary tilting tables to enable 5-axis machining. On the other hand, this table must have a high stiffness in order to be able to machine heavy components with high accuracy.
With our CNC machines we move the lighter spindle 5 axes to the workpiece. This reduces the load on the table during the process. However, it is advantageous to use a rotary table to enable 6-axis machining and thus complete machining of complex or rotary components. We use modern machine tools for an optimal CNC process.

Robust

5 axis machine

The special feature of our Pentapods and P-Series machining centers is already evident from the machine structure. On the one hand, the five struts can be seen, which act to hold and move the machine spindle and the tool. The second structural feature is the icosahedron shape. 

As a physical body, the icosahedron has the highest inherent rigidity. This advantage is exploited here, so that high rigidity of the machine is provided without a machine foundation, thus enabling high machining accuracy. The combination of the icosahedron and the 5 struts kinematics (Pentapod) is an optimal solution for a robust and durable CNC machining center. Likewise, this advantage plays out especially in the PM-Series, which is particularly suitable for mobile machining. 

Tempered

machine tool

The temperature control is another feature of Metrom’s unique Pentapod CNC machines. But this feature makes our machine stable and usable for application sites where the environmental conditions are not optimal. So the icosahedron frame has no only the special shape, but another special feature. 

The icosahedron structure of the machine hood with the 5 ball screws is a construction of tubes.  Water is constantly pumped and circulate through the tubes and five struts, which keeps the enclosure at a constant temperature to counteract external temperature fluctuations and finally allows high machining accuracy.

P-Series

machining centers

We basically build four different sizes of machining centers. The size is basically determined by the icosahedron hood and consequently by the desired machining area. All machining centers have an automatic tool changing system and rotary table. The linear units of the rotary table can vary or be omitted depending on the components to be machined. The control panel is basically detached from the machine and can therefore be positioned according to the wishes of the operator. Our machines are basically designed for dry machining, but wet machining is also possible if necessary. However, we recommend dry machining for cost and environmental reasons.

P800

800 x 800 x 500

P1000

1000 x 1000 x 600

P1400

1400 x 1400 x 800

P2000

2000 x 2000 x 1000

Special

components

Our Pentapod machine tools are characterized by their simple but robust construction. So that the purely mechanical components of the machine is focused on the essential. Of course, the characteristic icosahedron design is evident in all machining centers. The most important standard components of our machines are the five ball screws, the tool changer and the machine table.

The ball screws are one of the most process relevant parts of the machine and have been optimized over the last 20 years. Now we are able to provide our customers with the maximum stiffness and performance. Basically, the task of the 5 ball screws is to perform a 5-axis machining of the spindle. Through their axial movements, the spindle is guided accordingly. They must therefore be robust in order to support the weight of the spindle and to absorb the process forces, especially during milling.

An essential component of a CNC machining center is the automatic tool changer. It ensures fast and automated production. The spindle can access the magazine and pick up the various tools from the magazine.
At Metrom, two types of tool changers are used. The pick-up changer is suitable for users who require few tools for their machining process. In order to have a higher flexibility, the changer is worthwhile as a turret with several places.But we have adapted our tool changer for hybrid production. We are able to integrate stations in our machines to deposit a welding head or extruder for 3D printing.

The machine table of a conventional machine tool determines the process. Today’s modern machine tools use rotary tilting tables to enable 5-axis machining. On the other hand, this table must have a high stiffness in order to be able to machine heavy components with high accuracy.
With our CNC machines we move the lighter spindle 5 axes to the workpiece. This reduces the load on the table during the process. However, it is advantageous to use a rotary table to enable 6-axis machining and thus complete machining of complex or rotary components. We use modern machine tools for an optimal CNC process.

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An essential component of a CNC machining center is the automatic tool changer. It ensures fast and automated production. The spindle can access the magazine and pick up the various tools from the magazine.
At Metrom, two types of tool changers are used. The pick-up changer is suitable for users who require few tools for their machining process. In order to have a higher flexibility, the changer is worthwhile as a turret with several places.But we have adapted our tool changer for hybrid production. We are able to integrate stations in our machines to deposit a welding head or extruder for 3D printing.

The machine table of a conventional machine tool determines the process. Today’s modern machine tools use rotary tilting tables to enable 5-axis machining. On the other hand, this table must have a high stiffness in order to be able to machine heavy components with high accuracy.
With our CNC machines we move the lighter spindle 5 axes to the workpiece. This reduces the load on the table during the process. However, it is advantageous to use a rotary table to enable 6-axis machining and thus complete machining of complex or rotary components. We use modern machine tools for an optimal CNC process.

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About machining centers

Machining centers are indispensable as machine tools in many manufacturing industries, e.g. the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, and medical technology. Thanks to the advancement of technology, machining centers have evolved to become more precise and efficient. For serial machining of small to medium size workpieces, machining centers are often the best option.

 

Types of machining centers

Over the years, the machining centers have evolved to become more specialized. Depending on the application, machining centers can be classified into different types, such as vertical machining centers or horizontal machining centers.

Vertical machining centers are the most commonly used type of machining center. In a vertical machining center, the spindle axis is in a vertical position. The axes of the machining table and workpiece can move in the X, Y, and Z directions. So the vertical spindle is in the most of vertical machining centers on the Z-axis. This type of machining center is best suited for machining relatively small workpieces.

The horizontal machining centers are another type of machining center. In horizontal machining centers, the spindle axis is horizontally oriented. This type of machining center is best suited for machining large workpieces. The spindle head of horizontal machining centers can move along the X-axis, while the work table moves along the Y-axis.

 

Advantages of machining centers

Machining centers offer many benefits, including increased productivity, improved accuracy, and reduced machining time. In addition, machining centers often feature a computerized automatic cutting tool change function. So the tool magazine where the tools are stored during the machining of workpieces is retrieved and the cutting tool is exchanged automatically.

This saves time and effort required for standard tool changeovers, and consequently enables automated and power-saving machining operations. Thanks to these benefits, machining centers have become an essential tool in many manufacturing industries.

 

Differences between machining centers and lathes

The machining center and lathe are both essential machine tools in many manufacturing industries. However, there are some key differences between the two. The machining center is more versatile than the lathe, as it can perform a wider range of machining operations.

In addition, the machining center is often more precise and efficient than the lathe. Thanks to these advantages, the machining center is often the best option for serial machining of small to medium size workpieces. The lathe, on the other hand, is best suited for machining cylindrical workpieces.

 

Advantages of 5 axis machining centers

The 5 axis machining centers are the most advanced type of machine tool, as it is equipped with two rotational axes in addition to the three linear axes. Thanks to the additional rotational and tilting axes of the table, the 5 axis machine can perform highly complex machining operations that would otherwise be impossible with a 3 axis machining center.

Furthermore, the 5 axis machining center offers increased accuracy and efficiency. Thanks to these advantages, the 5 axis machining center has become an essential tool in many manufacturing industries.

An essential component of a CNC machining center is the automatic tool changer. It ensures fast and automated production. The spindle can access the magazine and pick up the various tools from the magazine.
At Metrom, two types of tool changers are used. The pick-up changer is suitable for users who require few tools for their machining process. In order to have a higher flexibility, the changer is worthwhile as a turret with several places.But we have adapted our tool changer for hybrid production. We are able to integrate stations in our machines to deposit a welding head or extruder for 3D printing.

The machine table of a conventional machine tool determines the process. Today’s modern machine tools use rotary tilting tables to enable 5-axis machining. On the other hand, this table must have a high stiffness in order to be able to machine heavy components with high accuracy.
With our CNC machines we move the lighter spindle 5 axes to the workpiece. This reduces the load on the table during the process. However, it is advantageous to use a rotary table to enable 6-axis machining and thus complete machining of complex or rotary components. We use modern machine tools for an optimal CNC process.

About machining centers

Machining centers are indispensable as machine tools in many manufacturing industries, e.g. the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, and medical technology. Thanks to the advancement of technology, machining centers have evolved to become more precise and efficient. For serial machining of small to medium size workpieces, machining centers are often the best option.

 

Types of machining centers

Over the years, the machining centers have evolved to become more specialized. Depending on the application, machining centers can be classified into different types, such as vertical machining centers or horizontal machining centers.

Vertical machining centers are the most commonly used type of machining center. In a vertical machining center, the spindle axis is in a vertical position. The axes of the machining table and workpiece can move in the X, Y, and Z directions. So the vertical spindle is in the most of vertical machining centers on the Z-axis. This type of machining center is best suited for machining relatively small workpieces.

The horizontal machining centers are another type of machining center. In horizontal machining centers, the spindle axis is horizontally oriented. This type of machining center is best suited for machining large workpieces. The spindle head of horizontal machining centers can move along the X-axis, while the work table moves along the Y-axis.

 

Advantages of machining centers

Machining centers offer many benefits, including increased productivity, improved accuracy, and reduced machining time. In addition, machining centers often feature a computerized automatic cutting tool change function. So the tool magazine where the tools are stored during the machining of workpieces is retrieved and the cutting tool is exchanged automatically.

This saves time and effort required for standard tool changeovers, and consequently enables automated and power-saving machining operations. Thanks to these benefits, machining centers have become an essential tool in many manufacturing industries.

 

Differences between machining centers and lathes

The machining center and lathe are both essential machine tools in many manufacturing industries. However, there are some key differences between the two. The machining center is more versatile than the lathe, as it can perform a wider range of machining operations.

In addition, the machining center is often more precise and efficient than the lathe. Thanks to these advantages, the machining center is often the best option for serial machining of small to medium size workpieces. The lathe, on the other hand, is best suited for machining cylindrical workpieces.

 

Advantages of 5 axis machining centers

The 5 axis machining centers are the most advanced type of machine tool, as it is equipped with two rotational axes in addition to the three linear axes. Thanks to the additional rotational and tilting axes of the table, the 5 axis machine can perform highly complex machining operations that would otherwise be impossible with a 3 axis machining center.

Furthermore, the 5 axis machining center offers increased accuracy and efficiency. Thanks to these advantages, the 5 axis machining center has become an essential tool in many manufacturing industries.