Faustson Tool Adds New 5-Axis DMG MORI Milling Machine

Faustson has added a new 5-axis milling machine to its existing lineup of 5-axis milling, 3D metal printing, and multi-axis EDM technology. The DMU 95 monoBLOCK is from DMG MORI’s DMU monoBLOCK series of universal machining centers.

Fauston Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, "We strive to be responsive to what our customers need, and we kept getting quick-turn requests. We’ll use this new milling center exclusively for quick-turn projects. With it, we will deliver jobs in just one to two weeks, in and out, compared to a more typical eight-to-ten-week lead time."

Hostetter noted that their research showed them that the high-end precision shops in the region were at full capacity. In most cases it was six to eight weeks before a customer could expect to get a project on a machine. That, coupled with customers requesting quick-turn service, drove this high-six-figure purchase.

The new machine is known for its stability, is made from a single casting, and includes advanced software and 60 sensors that monitor its operations. Digital software provides the capability to program complex machining cycles at a much faster rate. Table tilt gives simultaneous 5-axis capability, rather than 4+1. Though the DMU 95 monoBLOCK handles all materials and super alloys, Fauston will use it for aluminum and titanium parts that require no additional operations other than heat treating.

“For Faustson, there is no learning curve on this machine,” said Andre Rusconi of DMG MORI. “They’re progressive and were one of the first in the region to add simultaneous 5-axis capability back in the late 1990s. They have a very high skill set and will get maximum use and value out of this purchase. They have five other machines with the same control system, so they hit the ground running. Those that don’t know the system have a six- to 12-month learning curve to understand the cutting and turning strategies. Given the economy, the customer demand, the low unemployment rate, equipment like this with a lot of automation capabilities is a wise investment.”

Scheduling the machine and making parts this way enables Faustson to deliver jobs 80% faster and get customers 80% BOM (Bill of Materials). That time savings gives Faustson customers the flexibility to handle the final 20% of the part-complete process in whatever way they choose and still come out ahead in terms of time to a completed part.

The applications for this machine span the multiple industries Faustson serves, including aerospace, defense, engineering, medical, and automotive. The increased capabilities it enables allow Faustson to expand their client base and bring additional economic activity to Denver and Colorado.

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