AwesomeEngines® took possession of its 2013 brand new B4250 4 Axis CNC machine. While the 2010 model was a very good model, the advancements in technology just put the new machine years ahead of the older models and updated it with what the last 3 years told them to do. With a new rail system for everything to glide around on, we can now run @ 2000 ipm from a 400ipm max with the 2010 model. This new machine is the fast and precise as I have ever seen. With a totally new Windows processor, faster servos and the new windows operating system, it is a snap to work the machine.
With all new electronics, probes and tool touch off probes, setting the tools up and the tool heights are a snap. With 2 brakes now holding the block even tighter, nothing seems to move and .0005 is the normal out of spec. Nothing beats a true CNC blueprinted block for fitting right and being dead on in every dimension. If your looking for quality machined blocks, you better ask yourself if you want 50 year old machining practices that have no control on where to put things, only punch holes and deck from surfaces already and your engine will suffer from it. The scary part is engine builders that do not or worst the ones who do know this and just keep pushing these rejects in to the public. With out probing the block to properly set up the block in a CNC machining center, you get guess work.
Most machine shops will never invest in this type of technology and only talk about how you don’t really need it. Perfect can not get any better and perfection never gets old. What we have found is that now we have a standard way to check all the older blocks as well as the new, some you would never want. If you can not measure them in a fixture on a CNC machine, you just get most of them with or without perfection and do not know it. Its like buying a house with termites, you think your safe then it all crumbles around you. CNC race prepped blueprint blocks are nothing but the best.