With the traditional market for automotive moldmaking drying up to a certain extent, EDM is carving out a bright future for the technology in parts making especially for the most demanding precision applications. It wasn't particularly surprising that exhibitors at IMTS 2010 encountered shop managers with excess capacity in search of new markets. Rising to the top of the list of parts-making applications are aircraft, medical, telecommunications. Belmont Equipment and Technologies introduced their new OttoPro sinker EDM. The OttoPro sinker EDM was developed with performance in mind that users are looking for, including their desire for speed and surface finish, and the need to compete with high-speed machining, while utilizing simple CNC. Sodick Inc has introduced its new VZ series to expand its portfolio of EDM machines. The VZ line has all the high-end technology of Sodicks mid-range machines, including linear-motor drives, glass scales, and ceramic components, but at a cost-friendly level.
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