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Competition, Special Parts, & Accessories

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When it comes to competition, CMS has been in the race for some time and this experience coupled with its decades of engineering expertise, solution driven methodology, and customer oriented collaboration mean that those who are serious about top performance look to CMS as a partner and provider of top performing CNC machining center solutions. Formula 1 design, and manufacture, is about getting the edge in performance and that is obtained from every part with its advanced materials' characteristics and from every advanced machining process, of which CMS is proud to be a foundational part, as in the case of LOLA Group, designer and builder of high performance racing cars, including the F1 series.

 

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Antares - performance composites machining

Antares - performance composites machining

Antares, CMS' moving bridge class CNC machining center, provides high speed, flexible, 5-axis machining for composite components that must function in high performance situations and which require the same high performance processing to ensure that they'll function as expected. CMS' Antares is here displaying a Formula 1 prototype built by Lola Group of the UK during the announcement of their selection of CMS to provide its CNC machining center technology for their high performance composites machining processes.

For more of the basics on CMS' Antares please see the additional information in the Sector "Composite, Reinforced & Structural Components".

For more information on Lola Group of UK, their high performance F1 racing series, and their engineering and manufacturing story, please visit their website:

 ARES - outstanding performance

ARES - outstanding performance

ARES, CMS' moving bridge class CNC machining center, provides outstanding cost/performance balance for manufacturers who need high flexibility, accuracy and speed for producing a wide range of special advanced materials components used in competition or special applications.

In this photo ARES is shown in 2 of its sizes, one of which is equipped with APC tables (Automatic Pallet Changing). Ares comes in 3 lengths: 3600 mm, 4800 mm and 6000 mm (141.7", 188.9", 236.2"); and 2 depths: 1800 mm and 2600 mm (70.9" and 102.4"); and has a Z axis of 1200 mm (47.2"), B axis +/- 120°, C axis +/- 270°, with automatic pneumatic braking of the B&C axes when not interpolating for increased rigidity and with CMS' PX5 working unit of 12 kW (16.1 hp) at 12,000 rpm, maximum 24,000 rpm, S1 rating, liquid cooled, available with CMS' special 5-axis dust hood collection technology, total enclosure system and high velocity dust extraction unit for total control of dust particulate.
 

Poseidon K & Cronus K monobloc structure - maximum power/performance

Poseidon K & Cronus K monobloc structure - maximum power/performance

Poseidon K and Cronus K, monobloc versions of the larger members of their respective families, are heavy duty, moving bridge class, CNC machining centers, where advanced materials machining with high power demands coupled with maximum precision are required. Each is available with a length of either 2600 mm or 4000 mm (102.4" or 157.5"), a depth of 1500 mm (59.1"), a Z stroke of 1300 mm (51.2"), and +/- 110° B axis, +/- 300° C axis (called A and C for the Cronus).

Poseidon's working unit is a KX5 with either 15 kW power (20.1 hp) at 12,000 rpm, 24,000 rpm maximum, S1 rating, or 28 kW power (37.5 hp) at 4,300 rpm, 24,000 rpm maximum, S1 rating, and pneumatic brakes on the B & C axes. Poseidon also is available with optional linear and rotary scales, compressed air through the cutting tool, if required, total enclosure with carbon fiber/composites dust protection kit and dust hood for 5-axis work.

Cronus' working unit is a Torque5 with either 15 kW power (20.1 hp) at 12,000 rpm, 24,000 rpm maximum, S1 rating, or 28 kW power (37.5 hp) at 4,300 rpm, 24,000 rpm maximum, S1 rating, and pneumatic brakes on the A & C axes. Cronus comes standard with linear and rotary scales and is enhanced for high accuracy work with Torque drive technology on the working unit, double opposing linear drives for reduction of backlash to zero, a required heavier structure for higher accuracy demands for sliding ways and torsion stability, and thermic expansion structural mechanisms. Cronus is also available with optional compressed air through the cutting tool, total enclosure with carbon fiber/composites dust protection kit and dust hood for 5-axis work.

Both Poseidon K and Cronus K are available with a CMS provided high velocity dust extraction system working in conjunction with CMS' special 5-axis dust hood technology, creating an extraction air speed about 4 times that of traditional plant systems, helping to overcoming the dust particulate's high kinetic energy near the cutting tool, resulting in a much improved extraction performance.

Moving
bridge CNC's

Poseidon - mid sized to very large, 5 axis, component machining

Poseidon - mid sized to very large, 5 axis, component machining

When machining for competition or special components requires a larger work envelop, CMS' Poseidon, its moving bridge class CNC machining center, provides a greatly expanded work envelop. Poseidon's design makes it possible for it to be equipped with a single or double bridge, each with a double mast, each with an independently CNC controlled 5 axis working unit, for a total of 4 working units, with the result that Poseidon can accommodate mid to very large sized components, provide high machining power, and maximize productivity, along with high accuracy.

Poseidon Strokes & Specs:

  • From X axis 2.5 m to 41.0 m (8.2' to 134.5')
  • From Y axis 2.6 m to 8.5 m (8.5' to 27.9')
  • From Z axis 1.3 m to 4.0 m (4.3' to 13.1'), non-telescopic version standard and telescopic versions available where reduced height limitations exist
  • Optional linear and rotary scales available for increased accuracy requirements on all axes
Working units:
  • From PX5 working unit with 12 kW power (16.1 hp) at 12,000 rpm, maximum 24,000, liquid cooled, S1 rating, A axis +/- 120°, B axis +/- 270°
  • To KX5 working unit with 15 kW power (20.1 hp) at 12,000 rpm, maximum 24,000, liquid cooled, S1 rating, A axis +/- 120°, B axis +/- 270°
  • To KX5 working unit with 28 kW power (37.5 hp) at 4,300 rpm, maximum 24,000, liquid cooled, S1 rating, A axis +/- 120°, B axis +/- 270° 16 place tool changing magazine standard, with additional expansion possible

In addition, Poseidon's working units can each be equipped with CMS' patented 5-axis dust collection technology, CMS provided high velocity dust extraction unit, and Poseidon can be equipped with CMS' total enclosure, as shown in the photo to the right, providing complete control of the ambient air quality.
 

Cronus - mid sized to large, 5 axis, component machining, ultra precision

Cronus - mid sized to large, 5 axis, component machining, ultra precision

When machining for competition or special components requires a larger work envelop with maximum precision, CMS' Cronus, moving bridge class CNC machining center, provides the maximum in precision, power and performance for advanced materials based component machining.

Cronus' defined engineering objective of ultra-precision machining and performance provides a reduced work area, in comparison to Poseidon, to maintain control over many accuracy dependent factors, including thermic expansion considerations; yet its actual stroke lengths remain considerable.

Cronus Strokes:

  • From X axis 2.5 m to 20.5 m (8.2' to 67.3')
  • From Y axis 2.6 m to 5.0 m (8.5' to 16.4')
  • From Z axis 1.3 m to 2.0 m (4.3' to 6.6')
  • A axis +/- 110°
  • C axis +/- 300° Structure:
  • Guide-way axes double opposing servomotors for elimination of backlash
  • Enhanced structural stiffness required for Cronus' ultra-precision characteristics
  • Design elements for elimination of thermic structural growth
  • Included linear and rotary scales for high precision
Working units:
  • CMS' Torque5 working unit with either 15 kW (20.1 hp) power at 12,000 rpm, or 28 kW (37.5 hp) power at 4,300 rpm, maximum 24,000 rpm, liquid cooled, S1 rating, with optional compressed air capability through the cutting tool, and incorporating rotary scales for high precision accuracy, high rotational speed, high rigidity, and with high torque drive technology
  • 16 place tool changing magazine standard, with additional expansion possible
Dust Control:
  • CMS' optional 5-axis patented dust hood
  • CMS' optional total enclosure for complete ambient dust control
  • CMS' carbon fiber/composites dust protective kit CMS provided high velocity dust extraction unit with about a fourfold increased air speed over traditional in-plant systems

Note: the photo's to the bottom of this picture show CMS' unique, flexible roof, total dust enclosure, connecting from both sides of the moving bridge to the ends of the machine, detachable via CNC control command and powered in either direction, to or from the bridge, to permit overhead or end loading.

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table CNC's

FXB - moving table solutions for composites

FXB - moving table solutions for composites

FXB, CMS' moving table class CNC machining center, provides a number of available sizes and options for fixed bridge, moving table, full, free form, 5-axis machining of advanced composite materials for competition components, special parts and accessories.

FXB is available with:

  • single or double table versions, working separately or in unison, as needed (slaved)
  • single or multiple 3 to 5 axis working units, such as CMS' ATC (Automatic Tool Changing) versions, both 3 axis and 5 axis
  • linear spindles, 3 axis
  • R8 revolvers (8 position revolvers)
  • the working units are capable of simultaneous, concurrent, work on the same table or independent work on separate tables executing different programs at the same time FXB offers a wide range of table sizes and work envelops (nominal measurements in feet, width x depth):
  • single table - 6 x 5, 8 x 5, 10 x 5
  • double table - 4 x 5, 6 x 5, 8 x 5, 10 x 5
  • extended depth: in addition to the standard 5' table depth, each table width is also available in the following depths - 7', 8' and 10'
  • all tables are provided with an extra stroke of approximately 800 mm (31.5"), permitting the tables to move beyond the fixed frontal safety protection. In addition to making loading / unloading easier, it provides complete safety for the operator; the extra stroke also increases the work area available in the Y axis direction.
  • full extraction: each table version is also available with an extended Y axis to permit full extraction of the tables beyond the protection barrier and allows for a nonstop cycle with load / unload operations and a range of Z axis heights, depending upon the working unit, from 300 mm (11.8") to 1200 mm (47.2")

Images

Competition Components - Advanced Materials in Formula 1 Racing

Competition Components - Advanced Materials in Formula 1 Racing

Shown in this photo are two of Lola Group's high performance Formula 1 racing cars. Today's competition components, special parts and accessories, derived from the latest research in advanced materials, require high precision and high performance machining capabilities. CMS is proud to provide Lola Group, world famous race car constructor and supplier of components in advanced composites, its CNC machining center technology.

For more information about Lola Group visit their website:

LMP Monocoque - carbon fiber competition body

LMP Monocoque - carbon fiber competition body

This photo shows a monocoque for one of Lola Group's Le Mans Prototype (LMP) coupé challengers. The monocoque is a type of vehicle construction in which the body is an integral part with the chassis, here utilizing a complete carbon fiber construction technology. Just slightly less complex in their development than the F1 series, the wind tunnel development time alone for an LMP is between 300 - 400 hours, with an LMP selling for about $1,500,000, which explains the reason for Lola Group's in depth investigation before choosing CMS to supply its 5-axis high technology CNC machining center needs.

The carbon fiber structure is prone to a certain amount of movement after the molding process and the first machining process removes a significant amount of material, even so with CMS' probing technology the structure can be probed prior to its next machining and ensure that the sides of the monocoque remain parallel.

The work is being done in one of the larger format CMS ARES configurations, with CMS' downdraft dust control solution and total dust enclosure system to avoid release of dust particulate into the work area.

Formula 1 - open monocoque carbon fiber construction

Formula 1 - open monocoque carbon fiber construction

This photo gives a view of the F1, Formula 1, open monocoque body, as with the LMP, it is based upon carbon fiber construction technology, for which CMS provides its high performance 5-axis machining technology.

 LMP carbon fiber components

LMP carbon fiber components

In this photo an engineer is shown inspecting another high performance carbon fiber component following its machining process. This component is also used in one of Lola Group's Le Mans Prototype (LMP) coupé challengers. With raw materials costs ranging from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, and most components being "one-offs", things have to be right the first time. CMS understands that expectation and provides its CNC machining center technology with that in mind.

High Performance Carbon Fiber Components

High Performance Carbon Fiber Components

The range of high performance competition components and special parts is limited only by application and imagination. Here several more highly formed carbon fiber parts are shown: the one on the left prior to any machining, and that on the right following its machining process with trimming, openings and holes.

Strong, Structural and Special Components

Strong, Structural and Special Components

This photo gives a good example of the engineering possibilities for advanced composites materials and carbon fiber materials in particular. This special component is highly formed, as well as incorporating its own structural supporting legs. While a highly strong and lightweight component, it also has a high performance aesthetic and look.

Videos

Competition components - carbon fiber machining 5-axis

This video presents the 5-axis machining of a number of competition and special components made with carbon fiber construction technology. It shows various methods of holding including clamping and vacuum fixturing, as well as the machining and trimming of edges, openings, slots and drilling, which takes place within a machining envelop using CMS' downdraft dust collection technology for dust control and containment.

Files

Solutions for Composite Materials Machining
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BMW/Oracle Selects CMS for Composites Machining
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CBS Composites Case Study
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Crosby Composites Case Study
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Lola Group Case Study & Press Release
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