My visit to the MHUB/NYC CNC event also allowed me to visit the IMTS 2018 manufacturing show in Chicago. My goodness what an event. Lots of walking and lots of drooling over the latest technology for wasting metal. Some of the machines were almost as large as my home in the UK. I have never seen so many cutting tools.
I did fall in love however …. with the Datron Neo milling machine. It has a small footprint but a big punch with a 40k RPM spindle, 24 position tool changer with tool checking and an astonishingly elegant software user interface. It is way out of my pocket but for a small prototyping shop or educational establishment I think it will be very attractive.
I also picked up a Centroid Acorn OEM machine controller board which looks like a panacea for Mach3/4 based systems. More will follow on this as we get to grips with it.
So a good trip all round. Two good events. Two aching feet. Some nice memories of a very beautiful city.
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