Shapemaker is the new five axis routing centre from BDG Machine Tools. With
it's fantastic price, it makes high technology available to a wide range of industries.
Shapemaker provides a quantum leap forward in versatility, economy, speed and
user friendliness. Shapemaker is fantastic for cutting plastic, aluminium, wood
and cast iron to close tolerances. Standard features include full guarding and
dust management, an eight position tool changer and simultaneous five axis look
By utilising a router spindle motor that can be tilted and rotated to any compound
angle, the Shapemaker is able to not only machine an incredible range of geometry
but can gain access to cut parts that would be impossible to machine on a two or
three axis router. The Shapemaker can not only move all five axes simultaneously
to rapidly shape curved surfaces but can also process all sides of many jobs in a
single setup. BDG worked closely with industry to create a machine that
greatly improves on the usefulness of other five axis routing machines.
As an example, Tooling Solutions are using a BDG Shapemaker to CNC machine
patterns and moulds for the metal casting and rotational moulding industry. Tooling
Solutions have a large team of Master Patternmakers and Tooling Solutions are using
the Shapemaker to satisfy customer demands for ever increasing accuracy and tight
Whilst three axis routers are capable of profile cutting, using a five axis Shapemaker
allows the parts to have more complex features such as bevelled edges or even holes
drilled in from the edge. By using a large flat cutter, complex compound surfaces can
be machined to greater accuracy and smoothness in a fraction of the time compared to
using a ball nose cutter on a three axis machine.
The Shapemaker has a 3m by 1.5m T slot table and up to 800mm of vertical travel. The
machine is relatively compact being 2.3m wide by 6.25m long and only 2.7m high. With
rapid traverse speeds up to 40m/minute and a 24000 rpm, 8kW spindle, parts can be
machined very quickly. The Shapemaker uses a fully digital motion control that is
especially good at handling long programs with complex motion profiles. The controller
uses G codes and is compatible with common CAD/CAM programs such as Pro/Engineer,
Delcam, Unigraphics and Mastercam.
Shapemaker is Australian made and uses top quality components sourced from Japan, USA
and Europe. AC servo motors, resolver feedback, ball screws and profiled linear rails
with ball bearing cars provide maximum reliability. Unlike many other routers that
rely only on dust seals on the bearings, all axes have comprehensive bellows covers
to provide an additional level of dust protection to the motion components.
Users will appreciate the full guarding and dust management. The control console is
ergonomically designed with a flat panel LCD monitor, full keyboard, touch pad and joystick.
The eight place tool changer adds a level of versatility usually only found on machining
centres. The Shapemaker can rapidly change tools and can handle a variety of router
cutters including straight, ballnose, profiled cutters and saw blades.
From fine engraving work, to profile cutting, rapid proto-typing, heavy roughing,
large size pattern making and high speed contouring, the Shapemaker is a versatile
and productive machine that can manufacture a vast range of tools, products and shapes.