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Acro Shapes Its Future with 3-D Machining Capability

UK precision engineering company Acro are celebrating the success of their decision to branch into milling work after 30 years of focusing on the manufacture of turned components. In 2007, Acro invested in a state of the art Vertical Machining Centre and it has been busy every day from day one and has helped Acro win new clients and extend its capability.

 

 
 

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"The new machine is controlled by a computer software called 'SolidCAM' and it enables us to manufacture very complex parts to a very high accuracy," said Fred Pain, General Manager. "We've undertaken several very challenging projects in recent months, projects that have really stretched us as engineers and explored the capability of the new machining centre. It's been a very rewarding time that has left us quite in awe of what the machine can do."

Acro provide engineering services to a broad range of industries. Recent projects on the new machine have been for the automotive and oil industries. In addition to this, Acro provides high volume turned parts for industries ranging from electronics to architecture; working in a broad range of metals such as stainless steel, titanium, brass, mild steel, monel and plastics.

"The real beauty of this manufacturing technology is the fact that it is controlled using data direct from the software used to design the component," said Fred. "This considerably reduces the risk of errors being introduced, enabling us to get even the most complex component right first time. This means we reduce waste, save machine time and provide the highest levels of service to our clients. In many ways, it's a new and more efficient way of doing business and it's proving to be an exciting new direction for Acro."

SolidCAM is a software package that enables data from Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems to be used to control multi-axis cutting machines. SolidCAM is a Gold Partner product to SolidWorks, a market leading 3D engineering design software package.

“We are increasingly seeing SolidWorks drawings,” said Fred. “Powerful 3D design tools such as SolidWorks are enabling engineers to become more creative and more accurate in their work. Our technology will help us meet the needs of the engineers at both prototype stage and when it comes to volume production.”

About Acro Precision Technology

With over 30 years' experience in the machining of precision engineering components, Acro represents one of Europe's leading suppliers to the engineering and technology sector. Acro offers specialist low volume prototype development as well as high volume manufacturing and is equipped with a broad range of modern CNC [Computer Numerically Controlled] machinery: -

· CNC lathes with live tooling and 24 hour unmanned production
· Swiss type sliding head automatics
· 3D SolidCAM CNC milling
· Conventional turning/milling/finishing

Customer projects have included components for sports cars suspensions, bomb disposal robots, hospital beds, forecourt petrol pumps, the London Underground, equipment for off-shore oil exploration and production and components for the construction industry.

www.acro-eng.co.uk

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