DATRON Dynamics Opens West Coast Office to Support Growing Customer Base and Showcase Advanced Machining Technology
Livermore, CA, July 10, 2013 – A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place today for the new “Technology Center” opened by DATRON Dynamics at 6250 Preston Avenue in Livermore, CA. DATRON Dynamics is the North American representative of DATRON AG – manufacturer of German-engineered high-speed machining centers, dental milling machines and fluid-dispensing machines.
Similar to DATRON Dynamics’ East Coast Technology Center, the location in Livermore showcases their popular machine models and allows the company to demonstrate the advanced capabilities of this equipment by milling “benchmark” parts for prospective customers. According to DATRON Dynamics’ West Coast Manager, Chris Hopkins, there were many reasons for opening this office.
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He explains, “We have a significant West Coast customer base and it is growing. Having a location in the same time zone and within driving distance allows us to support them in real time. It also enables us to provide West Coast manufacturers with applications consulting and show them how fast their parts can be made on a DATRON."
Additionally, DATRON machines are often used for micro-machining of medical, aerospace and electro-mechanical components such as housings, enclosures, adapters, connectors, fixtures, heat sinks, membrane switches and front panels. Therefore, having a location on the outskirts of Silicon Valley was logical according to DATRON Dynamics Vice President, Robert Murphy. “The largest technology companies in the world use DATRON equipment for prototyping and manufacturing. It makes sense for us to be closer to our West Coast customers so that we can help solve their most challenging problems. We’ve wanted to do this for a long time so today is a very special day.”
Back at their location in Milford, New Hampshire, Dental CAD/CAM Product Manager, Jordan Greenberg is equally optimistic about the potential market for DATRON’s D5 Dental Milling Machine. “The dental lab CAD/CAM industry is transitioning from soft, ceramic materials to more industrial-type applications in titanium, so it’s important for DATRON to demonstrate how our dental-specific D5 is able to accommodate all the added challenges. The West Coast office affords us the opportunity to not only showcase this new technology nationwide, but support the customers better once they adopt it.”
The D5 Dental Mill is one of the demonstration machines featured at the new Technology Center in Livermore. This machine was first introduced in 2010 with critical acclaim including a RedDot Design Award for Best Industrial Design. This compact 5-axis machine was designed specifically for dental milling applications like complex titanium implant bars, as well as custom abutments, crowns and bridges made from a wide variety of dental materials – from titanium to zirconium. The D5 is the only machining center in the world to be controlled by an Apple iPad and fits through a standard 36 inch door.
Next to the D5 sits DATRON’s newest model, the M8Cube, which represents all of the company’s latest advancements in high-speed machining technology. This includes brushless, direct drives that provide fast acceleration, feed rates up to 866 inches per minute and short cycle times. A 3kW, 40,000 RPM, liquid-chilled spindle delivers greater horsepower for heavier machining, as well as the flexibility to mill a wide range of materials. HSK-E 25 tool holders offer precision and <1 micron run out. DATRON has positioned this model for precision, high or low volume production of electronic, aerospace and medical parts, as well as industrial engraving and micro-drilling applications.
Joining DATRON at the ribbon cutting ceremony today were local Livermore officials and a range of DATRON customers including Elma Electronic, Robson Technologies, Image Dental Studio, Western Rubber & Supply, Ellis & Ellis Sign Systems and Sine-tific Solutions. The next scheduled event at the new Technology Center is a Dental Workshop scheduled for October 5th.
DATRON Dynamics West
6250 Preston Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551