Burbank, CA – Comco Inc., the industry leader in the manufacture of micro-abrasive blasters, is featured in the September 2009 issue of Product Design & Development magazine in an article entitled, “Super Lathe”. Comco’s Chief Engineer, Mickey Reilley, explains the development of micro-abrasive blasting from a manual process to an automated, multitasking system. “Our first automated lathe, the LA1500, was designed from a generic standpoint with the goal to adapt it to other applications. It was a basic lathe, a spindle turned a single part at a set RPM while the nozzles traveled back and for the over the part, applying the micro-abrasive blast stream,” explained Reilley. As requests for more complicated functionality arose, the need for a more complex system led to the next step: a computer-based and fully CNC lathe – the LA3200. Three years after developing this system, a new faster, cleaner version was developed. It includes a modular spindle that can be replaced with a tooling plate for XYZ motion.
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