Every year I pick an imaginative machine that peaks my interest at IMTS. Four years ago it was the Cubic Diamond Machine with B axis tooling
and the Ganesh Sliding Headstock (with no guide bushing) both attracted me but
the lack of local support is ultimately the reason Denver Precision did not
choose these machines.
Two Years ago at IMTS my pick had to go to the different types of
new tooling and possibly the JSF 35.
This year’s pick (2012) was the Traub. They finally retired the huge box
that was taking up too much space on their floor, and dedicated it to
a machine that blew their competition away. The TNL-18 with b- axis has an upper
style turret that can angularly drill. It won my pick of the show! -Claude Knuepfer