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Expand your machining capabilities and discover new ideas to grow your business at this one-day special event hosted by GROB Systems in Bluffton, Ohio. Mark your calendar for a full day of free and informative seminars, amazing 5-axis machining demonstrations, networking with peers and technology partners, and Bavarian-inspired hospitality.

The Details

WHEN:     Tuesday, August 20, 2019

WHERE:   1070 Navajo Dr., Bluffton, OH 45817  Get directions


Doors will open at 7:30AM. Enjoy breakfast and networking until the event gets underway with an opening speech at 9:00AM. Spend the day learning about the latest 5-axis machining technology with presentations, demonstrations, and a tour of our impressive facility. Ready to register? Click here.

Technology Alley

5-AXiS LiVE will be packed with new technology presentations from eight of our preferred vendors.  Learn more about each of our sponsors below.


SCHUNK is a German family-owned company and global player in one. The company was founded in 1945 by Friedrich Schunk as a mechanical workshop and has developed under the leadership of Heinz-Dieter Schunk to a competence and world market leader for gripping systems and clamping technology. Today, the company is run by the third generation siblings Henrik A. Schunk and Kristina I. Schunk. 3,400 employees in 9 plants and 34 directly owned subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 50 countries throughout the world ensure an intensive market presence.


With 11,000 standard components SCHUNK offers the world’s largest assortment of gripping systems and clamping technology from one source, and with 2,550 SCHUNK grippers the largest product range of standard grippers. The complete program of gripping systems comprises more than 4,000 components. The main customers are all manufacturing companies with assembly, handling and metal-cutting processes. The customer base includes the Who's Who of mechanical engineering, robotics, automation and assembly handling, and all the renowned automotive brands and their suppliers. Since 2012, goalkeeper legend Jens Lehmann has acted as brand ambassador for safe, precise gripping and holding in the SCHUNK team.


Powerful machines require equally powerful software to drive them. Users looking to get the most out of their GROB can do so confidently with CAMplete TruePath. Visit our sessions to learn more about how CAMplete and GROB are making 5-Axis Machining easier and more effective.


What is TruePath?


CAMplete TruePath is an easy-to use application that takes you from your CAM System to your 5-Axis machine efficiently and safely. Using toolpath data from industry leading CAM Systems, TruePath’s customizable post-processor allows you to output your NC programs the way you need, with no on-machine editing required. 5-axis simulation, visualization and verification tools give you the confidence of knowing how your machine will behave before you run a single line of G-code.


Visit our presentations to learn more about how CAMplete and GROB are making 5-Axis Machining easier and more effective.

Caron Engineering

Caron Engineering develops CNC machine optimization solutions to improve performance, productivity, and profitability for the metal-cutting manufacturing industry. Caron Engineering products combine sensor hardware, high speed data processing, and intuitive software systems to optimize machining processes.


Caron Engineering will be featuring their newly redesigned version of their flagship Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control System (TMAC). TMAC monitors true motor power to determine if tools are worn or broken, and directly interfaces with the CNC control to make real-time corrective adjustments. TMAC will automatically expire a tool if excessive wear is detected (and can signal a redundant tool) or immediately stop the machine and retract the tool in the event of breakage. TMAC makes real-time feedrate adjustments through variations in material using adaptive control to optimize tool life, reduce cycle time, and boost production. This direct interface with the CNC control allows machines to run unattended.


The new TMAC version 3.0 offers an intuitive user-interface designed to handle the complexity of the software while providing simplicity for the user. The web-based UI has completely customizable user views with a dynamic display that can be accessed from any device, (including smart phones), and allows monitoring multiple processes and machine channels simultaneously. All events and historical data are automatically saved and can be exported for analysis. 


In addition to power, TMAC can monitor tool wear and breakage using vibration sensors, and even monitor the slightest cutting operations (micro-tools) using embedded strain gauge sensors. Additionally, TMAC can monitor coolant flow, coolant pressure, and spindle speed.


OPEN MIND Technologies, GROB's exclusive CAM partner for 5-AXiS LiVE!, will feature the latest release of its advanced hyperMILL® CAM software (version 2019.2), offering significant advantages when 5-Axis machining. Two parts programmed with hyperMILL will be showcased atthe event, including a complex aerospace component and mold. The hyperMILL MAXX Machining Finishing Module, a performance package of the hyperMILL CAM software suite, will be highlighted. hyperMILL MAXX Machining enables the use of conical barrel cutter technology to reduce cycle times over 90% and is ideal for planar, ruled and curved surfaces often found in complex 5-Axis components.


A new 5-axis Prismatic fillet finishing function in hyperMILL MAXX Machining facilitates the geometry and automatic inclination of barrel cutters to be applied similar to high feed cutters, using a plunging and pulling movement at extremely high feed rates. hyperMILL MAXX Machining offers three powerful modules for finishing, roughing and drilling. OPEN MIND is the only CAM vendor offering "factory-approved" postprocessors. The postprocessors are embedded/ integrated in hyperMILL for efficiency and ease-of-use. The hyperMILL CAM solution calculates toolpaths independently of machine and controller, and users can generate NC programs from this neutral data that are optimized to meet application requirements and matched with the machines and controllers to be used.



Siemens offers today's manufacturers the most advanced CNC technology on the market. From controls that run basic milling and turning machines to multi-axis and hybrid machines with full automation and robotics, Siemens CNCs handle the full range of motion control requirements. We support the industry with unmatched training, service and a commitment to educating the next generation of machinists through our L.E.A.P. program with technical schools and universities. The new Siemens Technical Application Center, located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is available to facilitate training and the refocusing of manufacturing strategies. 

Siemens understands the machine tool industry’s need to move from 3-axis to 5-axis and how this change is increasingly becoming a means to business survival. High-speed, 5-axis machining can produce complex part geometries quickly, accurately and in a single setup. Rather than producing parts on 3-axis machining centers using several setups, implementing 5-axis multi-sided machining strategies can dramatically reduce cycle time and increase part accuracy, all while using a single setup. As a global leader in multi-axis motion control, SINUMERIK CNC offers a clear advantage to any job shop looking to increase productivity and quality.


As a partner for the first ever 5-AXiS LiVE event, we are excited to showcase our new LC50-DIGILOG laser measuring system. This ground-breaking system has been completely redeveloped to revolutionize and future-proof the speed, precision and in-process reliability of tool measurement in machine tools. One of the highlights of the system is the newly implemented DIGILOG technology. Whereas the proven digital/switching laser measuring systems by BLUM using NT technology only generate a small number of signals for recording measurements, the new LC50-DIGILOG generates many thousands of measurement values per second. Thanks to the new technology precision, speed and in-process reliability have been enhanced to a never before imagined level.

Blum-Novotest, Inc., is a fully owned subsidiary of Blum-Novotest GmbH, a leader in cutting edge measurement and testing technology, with 50 years of experience as supplier for the worldwide machine tool, automotive and aircraft industries. As the North American subsidiary, we are responsible for all sales and service activities in USA, Canada and Mexico. We provide tactile and optical measuring systems for automated tool setting and spindle probe systems for workpiece setting and inspection applications in machine tools. We integrate such devices into your machines for increased automation of job setup and monitoring of the manufacturing process. 


Seco Tools is a leading global provider of metal cutting solutions for milling, stationary tools, holemaking and tooling systems. For more than 80 years, the company has provided the technologies, processes and support that manufacturers depend on for maximum productivity and profitability. During 5-AXiS LiVE!, join us to learn more about machining complex 2D and 3D parts such as mold cavities, gates, heat-sinks and even die pockets. Hard milling complex 3D molding surfaces from tool steels that are up to 65+ HRc can be done effectively in today’s high paced Mold Making industry. Seco Tools recently helped a local mold shop high speed hard mill the pictured complex 3D mold core out of A2 which had been heat treated to 60-62 HRc.

With the increase in cutting tool technology such as patented Silicon based coatings, engineered flute shapes and advance pre and post edge treatments, hard milling is quickly becoming the go to method for progressive forward-thinking Mold shops looking to reduce lead times.




  • Roughing and finishing strategies for hard milling
  • Blending techniques
  • Strategies for down to a lot size of 1
  • 5-Axis focused precision machining


MAPAL is the leading international supplier of precision tools for the machining of practically all materials. The company founded in 1950 supplies leading customers from the automotive and aerospace industries and from machine and plant engineering. With its innovations the family-owned company sets trends and standards in production and machining technology. MAPAL sees itself as a technology partner, supporting its customers with the development of efficient and resource-conserving machining processes using individual tool concepts.

A fully equipped production facility produces tools for the American market to consistent quality standards. Design and production planning are also undertaken at MAPAL Inc. in close contact with production to ensure MAPAL quality. MAPAL Inc. consists of two subsidiaries that are in Port Huron, Michigan and a brand-new optimized facility in Fountain Inn, South Carolina including an Aerospace test center and the major Solid Carbide production in the MAPAL group outside from Germany supplying the whole American Continent.


Do not miss the demonstration during 5-AXiS LiVE! with PCD Tools and see the newest Aerospace/Composite tools from MAPAL.

Event agenda
7:30AM – 9:00AM             Welcome / breakfast
9:00AM – 9:20AM Official opening
9:20AM – 10:00AM Keynote Speaker: "Greg Jones – VP Smartforce Development"
10:00AM – 1:00PM Rotation through the following activities:
  • Plant tour (50 min)
  • Mold & die demo w/ Seco and Blum presentations (50 min)
  • SCHUNK (20 min) / CAMplete (20 min)
1:00PM – 2:00PM  Lunch
2:00PM – 5:00PM  Rotation through the following activities:
  • Networking (50 min)
  • Aerospace demo w/ MAPAL and Caron Engineering (50 min)
  • hyperMILL (20 min) / Siemens (20 min)
5:00PM – 6:30PM  Closing
Keynote Speaker

Greg Jones

Vice President - Smartforce Development


Greg leads AMT’s effort to build a better educated and trained workforce (Smartforce) for the advanced manufacturing industry that is vital to the economic health and national security of the United States. Greg forges relationships with like-minded industry professionals, education leaders, Federal, State and Local policy-makers and NGOs to support programs including STEM and STEAM challenges, career & technical education, advanced manufacturing technology degree and workforce development programs at community colleges.


In his role at AMT, Greg is a member of the Executive Committee of the NIMS Board of Directors. NIMS accredits schools, develops industry-supported standards and provides individuals with related industry credentials and supports Apprenticeship programs through partnerships with the Department of Labor. Greg’s team at AMT produces the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, (held every two years in Chicago, Ill.) and owned by AMT. The student summit provides hands-on activities to encourage young people to seek a post-secondary education in STEM and a career in manufacturing. IMTS 2018 marked the eleventh edition of the student summit and more than 24,000 attendees, including students, teachers, administrators, parents and scouts participated.


In 2001, Greg was part of the executive team that launched ToolingU, the industry’s leading e-Learning program that has been adopted by thousands of schools as well as manufacturing companies. Greg’s team also manages AMT’s Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer (CMTSE) program, and other education services including which delivers e-Learning classes to AMT members in partnership with ToolingU. Greg is the staff liaison to AMT’s Research and Education Affiliate members and he works on behalf of all AMT members and the industry to assure the availability of a competent, educated workforce.


Machine Demonstrations


The aluminum bracket sample part shows a bearing bracket similar to structural components for the aerospace industry. This particular example is made from a 6” square, 5” tall 7075 aluminum block held with a low profile vice made by SCHUNK. This part contains acute internal corners and tall side walls and tight tolerances for holes to name a few. With a combination of MAPAL tools from standards to specials, we are able to maximize machining, boring and deburring operations efficiently with fewer tools to complete the part. Standard tooling specifically designed for high volume material removal for aerospace structural parts allow us to remove material efficiently with minimal load on the spindle or the part. This gives us access to all sides of the part so the part can be made in fewer operations. The kinematics and construction of the machine gives us the clearance needed to maximize the use of the work area even with shorter tools and lower profile work holding solution.


Mold & Die

The mold demo shows the machine’s unique axis configuration that makes it rigid enough to rough the part as well as have the precision to finish the mold segment all in one operation. With this configuration we are able to machine all 5 sides as well as use long gun drills (8mm 25xD) and automatically tool change them with no work piece collision. The machine configuration allows us to use shorter standard tools from SECO to reach the bottom of the cavities and also to machine the deep and narrow slots.

Travel accommodations

Flights:    It is recommended that you fly in and out of DTW. Transportation from DTW to The Drury Inn and back can be arranged by GROB.


Hotel:      GROB has secured a group rate at The Drury Inn in Findlay, OH. Contact for group rate code before booking.


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About GROB Systems

GROB's one-of-a-kind design of HMC + swivel-rotary table is ideal for companies pursuing jobs in aerospace, die/mold, medical, and automotive sectors. The unique retractable spindle virtually eliminates the chance for collisions while maximizing the usable work area. This means GROB owners can usually buy one size smaller to reduce their investment, or have room to grow with new and larger part families. With these capabilities and GROB's accuracy and reliability, you can shorten production times, take on new jobs, and increase revenue.

Elevate your machining capabilities with these features:


  • Better access to more part features, including negative angles
  • Easy and complete chip removal when table is inverted
  • Your choice of several popular CNC control platforms
  • Many options included as standard
  • USA manufacturing, service & support (Bluffton, OH)
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See for yourself the benefits of the G350 and experience our 5-axis machining center in action.
What our customers say

"We had never seen a machine configured like this, and we were excited to see how the swiveling and rotating capability were combined in the table."

“We like the unique configuration of the spindle versus the worktable as the spindle comes in horizontally ... You can machine unique cutting geometries and hard to reach areas. The configuration is also good for chip control.”

"You’re dealing with factory direct parts [Grob manufactures machine tools at its Bluffton, OH, plant] and technicians that are very knowledgeable and that was a big appeal for us.”