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A five-axis machine offering high levels of accuracy for machining a range of materials has been installed at motor sport engineers Beru f1systems.

The DMU 50/70 eVo linear will be used for in-house and subcontract automotive, motor sport and aerospace machining.

A key use will be to develop lightweight components for engineering programmes such as composite machining.

‘Following the success of our composites centre we wanted a similar set up for machining,’ said managing director John Bailey.

‘For future aerospace and our Factor 001 bicycle programmes, we require high levels of accuracy and an increasing volume of machined components in a range of materials.’ Bringing the machining in-house allows the engineers to experiment more, with opportunities to try things they may not have sub contracted.

‘If we have an idea, getting a first working part is quicker and we can assess feasibility,’ added Bailey.

‘It will deliver a competitive advantage internally and to our customers.

‘This has been demonstrated with a recent project requiring machined PEEK housings.’ The machining centre marks a further expansion for BERU f1systems with the firm leasing another building and recruiting to staff the department.

In an effort to increase efficiency, BERU f1systems uses the same operator for handling the CAD data and creating the tool cards.

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