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Durham University

Department of Physics

CNC Machines

The workshop has 7 CNC milling machines, operated by skilled technicians, working in either 2, 3 or 4-axis. The machines range from a 2 axis milling machine capable of doing simple profiles on flat material, to a 4 axis machine which can machine profiles on round, hexagonal, and flat materials. Our latest machines can be programmed using Featurecam to produce curved surfaces.

Guards are not shown in order to best show the machine, but are always used when the machine is operated.

XYZ 1500 Milling machine. (1997)

A 2 axis milling machine which can machine flat profiles in a range of metals and plastics. Components can be finished by manually operating the z axis to machine to depth, or to drill holes.

XYZ 2000 SMX Milling machine. (2008&2009)

Two machines capable of working in 2 ½ axes, to produce flat profiles, drill holes and create profiles in 3D. These machines have a capacity of:-

XYZ 2500 SMX Milling machine (2013)

A 3 axis bed mill capable of manufacture in 3 axes, with manual tool change. This machine can be programmed remotely using CADCAM software.

XYZ 3500 SMX Milling machine (2014)

A larger version of the 2500 SMX milling machine. It can be programmed remotely using CADCAM software.

XYZ SMX 4000 bed mill (2016)

The largest milling machine within the workshop, it is a 3 axis bed mill with manual tool change.

This machine can be programmed remotely using CADCAM software.

XYZ RLX 1630 Lathe (2019)

Can be programmed to create a range of cylindrical profiles, includingflat, concave and convex faces. It is similar to the SLX 1630 lathe, but with an updated software package installed.

XYZ SLX1630 lathe. (2013)

Can be programmed to create a range of cylindrical profiles, including flat, concave and convex faces.

Dugard Eagle Minimill 450

Has a 4th axis which allows movement in 3 planes, and rotation using a computer controlled 3 jaw chuck.


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