JH MayOne robot, endless modelling possibilities
JH May are well-established model making and prototype experts. They combine nearly 100 years experience with latest techniques and technologies to create models for some of the world’s best-known brands.
JH May wanted to increase their portfolio and ability to service demands from worldwide clients, particularly in the museum, promotional, exhibition and architectural sector with large-scale display models. JH May’s purpose-built factory in Essex was looking to invest in additional machines to increase output and wanted to find a solution that could complement existing routers and other traditional machining tools and cutters.
CNC Robotics provided a robot that would allow JH May to expand further into the display model arena. The accuracy of the robot, particularly with cutting soft materials such as polystyrene, wood and resin in model making, has increased productivity for the business. The robotic system with a manoeuvrable programmable arm, allows the material to be milled into a wide range of complex shapes can be used for large-scale sculptures, carving bas-reliefs and architectural components.
The robot has 7 axis of motion, allowing any shape to be machined from a fixed position. This is both a fast and relatively simple process, without needing to move the model around on the machine, which can cause unseemly join lines in the finished product.
The additional installation of a rotational table allows the robot to assist with every phase of the modelling process, from roughing through to finishing.
JH May have a policy of investing in the best equipment to ensure they remain market leaders. The introduction of a robot, rotational table and 3D scanner has allowed the company’s highly skilled model makers and designers to produce greater output, with high accuracy and a return on investment for their clients.
The introduction of the robot CNC machine tool has allowed the traditional machines to be liberated and to be realigned on specific accuracy commissions from the aerospace industry, allowing JH May to increase output across all sectors. To see their robot in action click here.
“The level of detail captured by the scanner and milled by the robot is simply stunning.” Jason Barker, CNC Robotics