Machine of the Month: January 2009
January 7, 2009
The Breton Smartcut 800, which was officially released at Marmomacc 2008, is a 5-axis CNC bridge saw. Riding upon Breton’s trademark extreme-duty bridge and rack-and pinion-system, the cast-iron-housed, 35-horsepower spindle is capable of automatically moving to 90 degrees, synchronized with a +/-190-degree rotation, which allows the machine to perform operations from simple two-dimensional countertops to advanced three-dimensional shaping.
A key feature of this system is its ability to use drilling or milling tools, therefore potentially performing radius operations on countertops and complex finishing work on billets (strips). While the saw head is at the 90-degree position, it is equipped to accept core drill bits, finger bits or other milling tools without interference from the blade assembly.
The machine may be equipped with Breton’s innovative photo layout system, and may be fully integrated with the Imagemaster inventory control system. For more complex geometry, a tracing or probing device is available and can be used in conjunction with advanced three-dimensional software that is fully supplied and supported by Breton.
The standard Z travel of the machine is 21.6 inches, allowing for operations on columns and other architectural work that requires lathe turning. www.breton.it