Mazak powers to Autosport with new VARIAXIS 5-axis machine

The company will be exhibiting a state-of-the-art VARIAXIS j-500/5X 5-axis machining centre which combines a compact footprint with the ability to offer simultaneous 5-axis machining across multiple surfaces, making it ideal for automotive applications involving volume, small batch or prototype work.

The VARIAXIS j-500/5X delivers high accuracy and productivity from a wide B-axis spectrum of rotation (+90° to -120°). Outstanding accuracy is guaranteed by its high rigidity structure, which utilises linear roller guides on all linear axes and roller gear cam on both rotary axes.


Most importantly, the VARIAXIS is equipped with SmoothX, the 5-axis version of Mazak’s SMOOTH Technology, the world’s fastest CNC. SmoothX includes a 19-inch touchscreen control panel, and has the capability to deliver a machining revolution, from programming and cycle times through to automation integration, data collection and ergonomics.

Mazak has a long history of supporting Autosport Engineering and supplying CNC machine tools to the motorsport sector, most notably Formula One. As well as providing machine tools to the Renault and Mercedes racing teams, Mazak is also the Official Supplier of CNC machine tools to the McLaren Honda Formula One team. There are currently over 25 Mazak machines in operation at the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey.

Alan Mucklow, Managing Director UK and Ireland Sales Division at Yamazaki Mazak, commented: “The VARIAXIS j-500/5X sets new standards for multi-tasking machines and is designed to deliver high speed, high-accuracy machining, all the time ensuring maximum ease of operation for the machinist.”

He continued: “We are excited to be bringing the VARIAXIS j-500/5X to Autosport 2017 and are confident that the machine’s suitability to a wide variety of automotive applications will appeal to attendees looking for a step-change in their machining. The VARIAXIS will be live-cutting for the duration of the show and we look forward to demonstrating the machine’s capabilities.”