The first XYZ UMC-4+1 five-axis machining centre has arrived at the company’s headquarters in Burlescombe, Devon and is now available for demonstration. The machine features many of the key features of its sibling, the XYZ UMC-5X, but by focussing on 4+1 axis movements, rather than simultaneous five axis machining, the machine cost has been reduced, making multi-facet, high-precision, machining available to a much wider customer base.


“Following the introduction and success of the UMC-5X we had many conversations with customers who, while seeing the advantages of simultaneous five-axis movement, couldn’t justify the investment. This led directly to the creation of the UMC-4+1, which at a starting price of under £130,000, which is a saving of around £30,000 over the UMC-5X, providing a highly cost competitive entry into five-axis machining for those not requiring simultaneous five-axis operation,” says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director, XYZ Machine Tools.

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