During an in-house innovation event at GDW Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH in May of this year, the company gave visitors a taster of what it has to offer at EMO Hannover 2017. Besides showing off a newly acquired patent for the production of tapered surfaces that is set to make taper turning on a conventional lathe child’s play, Hans Ort, Managing Partner of GDW, is also giving visitors a first look at the new C 400Z, the big brother to the little C 280Z from the GDW conturline series. This computer-assisted precision lathe, which is being unveiled to the wider public for the first time at EMO Hannover 2017, has been designed to set new standards and boasts impressive credentials in terms of high precision, exemplary ergonomics and outstanding performance parameters.
"We don't just provide our customers with precision lathes, we also deliver innovation," said Ort at the inaugural presentation of the C 400Z. "Design is not just an expression of beauty and practicality, it is also a fundamental consideration for the human-machine relationship," explains Ort, describing the motivation behind the ergonomic inclined bed design with linear guide for the X and Z axes, which ensures operators of the C 400Z have a good view of the tool and unrestricted access when setting up the machine. This, the company claims, saves time, is convenient and - most importantly - is the basis for high-precision working practices and excellent positioning accuracy.