Orlando, Fla. — Alpha Proto boasts an asset that has engineers buzzing: a four-axis CNC gantry-style vertical mill that can carve virtually anything out of wood, plastics, aluminum, or mild steels.
Used for fabricating prototypes of technology tools, parts and equipment from engineering and design specifications, Alpha Proto’s four-axis vertical mill can carve objects up to 51-inches square on the X- and Y-axis, with 10 inches of travel on the Z-axis.
“This capacity allows us to make significantly larger objects than most prototyping machines,” said Scott Stickler, CMO of Alpha Proto.
Alpha Proto’s 7.5-hp (5.5 kW) water-cooled spindle motor can spin up to 18,000 RPM, essential characteristics for a client who needs a prototype object fabricated quickly and accurately.
The machine can also pump coolant to the cutting area, which means it can work with a wider range of materials.
Stickler said Alpha Proto’s A-axis—the ability to rotate around the Y axis—allows Alpha Proto specialists to machine pattern features and revolved features quickly and easily.
“This mill is ideal for prototype machining,” Stickler said.
While that might not mean much for shade tree mechanics or even advanced tinkerers, it’s just what the doctor ordered for many of the researchers, engineers and designers developing new technology products and tools for medicine, space, defense and simulation industries in and around the UCF campus.
Stickler said Alpha Proto prototypes will serve the plastics, technology, manufactured goods, motorsports, and private spaceflight industries.
“When developers need a large-scale working model of a tool or part, we’re able to fabricate it quickly, precisely and reliably,” Stickler said.
Alpha Proto is a client company of the University of Central Florida Business Incubator at Central Florida Research Park in East Orange County.
For more information, contact:
Scott Stickler, CMO / Senior Mechanical Engineer, Alpha Proto, 321-710-3647 Scott.Stickler@alphaproto.com
Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program-Research Park, 407-207-7426 Carolann.Dykes@ucf.edu
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com
About the UCF Business Incubation Program
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.51 Billion on regional sales and $2.48 Billion on regional economic output. During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1.00 invested in the program. Visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.