The CV5-500 has been designed and built at Mazak’s European manufacturing plant in Worcester, specifically for customers engaged in, or aspiring to, 5-axis machining. The machine, which is being brought to market at a competitive price point, has a high-rigidity bridge construction with a fully supported trunnion table.

A newly developed 12,000 rpm spindle, capable of a peak performance of 18.5 kW and 119.4 Nm, makes the machine suitable for a wide range of materials. The machine benefits from a compact footprint, and it can be easily automated with a side-loading door and robot interface. Mazak’s CV5-500 is equipped with SmoothX CNC, the 5-axis version of the company’s Smooth technology.

Alan Mucklow, managing director - UK and Ireland sales division, says: “The CV5-500 is set to become one of the flagship machines produced at our manufacturing facility in Worcester. Crucially, customers were heavily involved in the R&D process, to ensure the end product is equipped to deliver stand-out performance across a range of vertical markets, including both the subcontract and motorsport sectors.”

“Ultimately, we feel this is the most compact fully simultaneous 5-axis machining centre on the market, with a price point that offers a real opportunity for those with the ambition to move into more complex machining processes,” he continues.

On Autosport Engineering, Mucklow adds: “From grassroots racing to Formula One teams, the motorsport sector is one of the UK’s most varied industrial subsets, and presents those working throughout the supply chain with some incredibly demanding engineering challenges. For many in this sphere, however, shop-floor space is often at a premium. In these instances, the CV5-500 represents a versatile machine that can tackle these engineering challenges head on, from an ultra-compact footprint.”

On Southern Manufacturing, he says: “High-mix work – both in terms of component type and sector – remains the order of the day for the UK subcontract market in 2020. However, we feel that more and more companies are looking to either expand or commit to their first investment in 5-axis machining over the coming months. The CV5-500 is perfectly placed to meet this appetite, and there is no better place for subcontractors to see the machine for themselves than at Southern Manufacturing.”