Wire EDM Machines

Soft Wired: Cutting High Taper Angles with Wire EDM

The ability to accurately and efficiently machine taper cuts using soft wire has opened up new areas of opportunity for moldmakers in aerospace, medical, electronics and other applications. Here are some ways to overcome the challenges faced when cutting high taper angles. 
Wire EDM Machines: Articles

Wire EDM Maintenance

General cleaning and simple washing of the work tank area, work table and seal plate is probably the most overlooked item of wire EDM maintenance. Specially designed EDM acid cleaners are used for general cleaning of the very fine, abrasive particles in EDM debris that build up and create a hard scale over time. Use these approved chemical cleaners, but don’t spray them directly into the machine.
Many items must be properly addressed to keep a wire EDM machine in top operating order for the best productivity and reliability. Reviewing these on a regular basis ensures that the machine it being properly maintained as a proactive preventive measure.

Improving Profitability with User-Friendly EDM

Providing unrestricted access to the work zone and workpiece – including the bottom side of the workpiece and the machine’s lower head – bring efficiency to part production by reducing operator fatigue and errors, accelerating part changes and eliminating potential interference problems.
The complicated nature of the work and the current labor issues facing the industry mean that more user-friendly EDM is critical for your shop operation.

Wire Changing EDM Proves Big in Micro Tooling Production

As consumer products continue to shrink in size, die shops such as Scenic Tool and Stamping face the challenge of developing highly intricate tooling for stamping the tiny components that make up miniature merchandise. As a result, an increasing number of these shops are incorporating high-precision wire EDMs like the Cut 2000 from GF AgieCharmilles that provide automatic wire-changing capability. uses the to easily switch wires of different sizes and materials.

Corporate Profile: Makino

An overview of the company and its organization, products, services and capabilities.


Wire EDM Machines: Industry News

Evansville Tool & Die Installs New EDMs

The Mitsubishi MV-2400 wire EDM that Evansville installed features a new M700 series control with 15 in touch screen that provides an easy user interface. The machine also includes a new non-contact Cylindrical Drive System.
The two Mitsubishi wire EDMs increase their capabilities in manufacturing dies, thermoform molds, trim tools and production machining.

Absolute Machine Tools Adds EDM Consumables Division

The products Absolute will offer in the catalog include various finishes of wire, filters, diamond guides, power feed contacts, flush nozzles, resin, and spare parts.
AccuteX EDM carries consumables for its own machines along with Mitsubishi, Sodick, FANUC, and other OEMs.

GF Machining Solutions Receives Award

The award-winning Integrated Vision Unit (IVU) from GF Machining Solutions is a non-contact, vision-based measurement system that improves productivity, accuracy and cost efficiency in micron-scale wire EDM operations.  
Its Integrated Vision Unit received the Golden Micron Award for micro technology innovation.


Wire EDM Machines: Products

What’s New in EDM

The EDBV3 Fast Hole Drill EDM from Makino provides aerospace manufacturers with the speed, flexibility and reliability to effectively produce a wide range of hole shapes and sizes within a single setup, significantly reducing required tool variety and overall cycle times.
A review of some of the latest EDM systems now on the market.

Innovative EDM Technologies

With a 17.2 in Z-axis cutting capacity that is ideal for machining mold and die, aerospace and energy parts such as turbine hubs, aerofoil vanes, instrument panels and mold cores, the VZ500LH wire EDM from Sodick incorporates collision protection to prevent against operator error and features a Super-Jet AWT (High Speed Automatic Wire Threader), wire-tip disposal unit, anti-electrolysis circuit and dielectric cooling unit.
The VZ500LH Wire EDM is ideal for extreme height applications in mold and die, aerospace and energy jobs -- one of several of the latest advanced EDM solutions from Sodick.

Next Steps in Wire EDM

The FANUC Robocut c600iA Wire EDM from Methods Machine Tools burns with virtually no re-cast, features the powerful FANUC 31i-WB Control, an extremely reliable AWF that threads while submerged through the gaps of parts up to 8 in thick, and a new economy mode for energy and wire usage savings.
The FANUC Robocut c600iA from Methods Machine Tools feature the powerful FANUC 31i-WB Control, extremely reliable auto-thread and a new economy mode for energy and wire usage savings.