Mazak Shows Enhanced VARIAXIS i-800 NEO 5-Axis Machine at DISCOVER 2021

FLORENCE, Ky., November 1, 2021 – At DISCOVER 2021, Mazak demonstrated its VARIAXIS i-800 NEO Vertical Machining Center that offers shops an enhanced version of a popular 5-axis machine. Enhancements include a powerful CNC, faster machining cycle times, expanded workpiece capacities and more automation options. Among the primary enhancements on the VARIAXIS i-800 NEO is the MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC.

It features functions including SMOOTH Machining Configuration (SMC) for process optimization with real-time operator control of a wide range of cutting parameters and Ai Thermal Shield for stable machining accuracy through smart compensation for heat displacement. In terms of speed, the VARIAXIS i-800 NEO now achieves rapid traverse rates of 1,890 ipm (48,000 mm/m) in the X, Y and Z axes that contribute significantly to reduced cycle times. To accommodate larger workpieces, axis strokes increased to 29.52" in X, 35.03" in Y and 23.62" in Z (750 mm/890 mm/600 mm).

Maximum workpiece weight capacities are 2,204.62 lbs (1,000 kg) on the single-table version of the machine, and up to 1,543.24 lb (700 kg) with a two-pallet changer. The machine now handles maximum tool lengths up to 16.33 inches (415 mm) in available magazine capacities of 30, 40, 80 120 tools. A new servo drive shortens tool wait times by up to 58%, and a 4.3 second chip-to-chip tool change time helps further reduce noncut time.

For additional flexibility, automation options now include a two-pallet changer, along with the Mazak Multi-Pallet Pool (MPP) compact multiple pallet stocker system and the modular Mazak PALLETECH System. The VARIAXIS i-800 NEO can work within the same PALLETECH cell alongside other popular Mazak machines, including the HCN 5000 and HCN 5000/50. To support hydraulic and pneumatic fixturing, the machine provides nine ports with a single table configuration and four ports inside plus eight outside the machine for two-pallet changing.

About Mazak Corporation

Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productive machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky produces over 70 models of turning centers, Multi-Tasking machines and vertical machining centers, including 5-axis models, Hybrid Additive processing machines and Swiss Turning Machines. Continuously investing in manufacturing technology allows the Mazak iSMART Factory™ to be the most advanced and efficient in the industry, providing high-quality and reliable products. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to customers. For more information on Mazak's products and solutions, visit or follow us on social media.