I use Jungner CNC tool and cutter grinders. Jungner makes a grinder that uses a Fanuc 160i mill control. The nice thng with this is they also gave me a c++ source for developing my own windows based macro interface. This give me a windows invironment to run all my specialty programs.
Jungner tool and cutter grinders can run many things other than steptools and endmills. I run staggered tooth mills and punches. Cylindrical grinding and I can mount a vise on the table to form grind rails. I even wrote a program to grind dogbone lathe inserts. A very versital machine using Fanuc controls with open source probe routines. They have a very powerfull AC spindle drive with up to 25HP motors that give full torque down to 1500 rpm.
And the multi-spindle machines are so great. Up to 6 spindles on 1 machine and up to 4 wheels per spindle.
Sandvik in Sweden uses Jungners for producing their HP drills with autoloaders and direct feedback from their inpection system to update for wheel wear. They also use a wheel probing system on the machine to measure wheels after dressing. (BTW Sandvik owns Walters)
i got a Jungner 560 CNC last april and am trying to get my hands right on it...problem is it lets you do so much that u dont want to just settle down.....but then i just use speedgrind yet....and am looking for some help learning paramteric programming!!! tjones!!!
Just will be easier there as I don't frequent this part of cnczone often.
BTW: Have you met Tord? (The man who wrote the Speedgrind software.)
I love Macro programming as it can do a whole lot and reside in the cotrol without having to send/recieve. I use a macro interface to allow the operator to input variable in a windows screen. He will then send to the control and the program send a new main with the variables (can also send subs if selected).
oh ya i ve met tord a couple of times..once when i went there to sweden in aug and also again when he was here in india in jan... he is an amazingly helpful guy...and the best part he knows it all..so he can fix everything pretty quick.....i also met hans friej who came to install my machine last april...he aint with jungner anymore tho/..//