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Precision sheet metal and machining specialist Cube Manufacturing has extended its subcontract manufacturing capabilities with the installation of a Haas TL-25 turning centre at its Dunstable site.

Incorporating C-axis/live-tooling and sub-spindle capabilities, the new machine is also equipped with a tool-setting arm and a dedicated bar feeder capable of handling stock measuring up to 76mm in diameter.

‘The investment not only enables us to streamline the production of turned parts for our sister company Cube Lighting, but also to extend our cost-effective subcontract services and offer faster delivery times,’ said Dean White, Cube Manufacturing’s managing director.

Enabling a variety of close-tolerance turned pasts to be produced in aluminium, brass, mild steel, stainless materials and engineering plastics, the new Haas turning centre allows Cube to extend its customer base beyond traditional sheet-metal-based industries to target users in the general engineering, rotating equipment, hydraulics, agricultural, process, material handling and automation sectors.

The machine is also complemented by a One CNC offline programming system and the company’s existing Solidworks computer-aided-design (CAD) installation, enabling fast machine changeovers and program prove-out.

‘We are therefore able to provide a responsive one-stop-shop service covering the design, prototyping and manufacture of both sheet-metal and machined products, as well as undertake regular build-to-print work – all with the option of the electronic data transfer of 3D component models,’ added White.

According to Tony de Angelis, Cube’s machine shop CNC section leader, the TL-25’s accuracy, repeatability and throughput have helped the company to achieve competitive charge-out rates, which are already attracting customer interest.

‘The facility to run “lights out” also offers us additional capacity, although, if demand continues to grow at its current rate, we may need to invest in a second machine sooner than we expect,’ he said.

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