CNC Machine Tools Success Stories

John Hart wins Australian Antarctic Division tender with high efficiency Mazak turning center

The Australian Antarctic Division has invested in a Mazak QTE-300MY SG for its Instrument Workshop – Assets and Technology Branch.

John Hart wins Australian Antarctic Division tender

The Australian Antarctic Division

The Australian Antarctic Division, which is in Hobart, Tasmania and is part of the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW), co-ordinates the Australian Antarctic Program.

The Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) is a collaborative partnership across government and more than 150 national and international research institutions. The AAP’s Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research contributes to understanding the world’s climate and the effects of climate change.

The AAP’s scientific research is supported by Australia’s leading international policy role in preserving Antarctica as a natural place devoted to peace and science.

The Mazak QTE-300MY SG

The simple and compact Mazak QTE-300MY SG, which is manufactured in Mazak’s Singapore factory, is designed to fit into even the smallest machine shop, but with no compromise on power.

The Mazak QTE-300MY SG is equipped with a powerful 5,000 rpm built-in spindle motor that is capable of ultra-high-speed acceleration and deceleration delivering high-efficiency, high-accuracy machining.

Since there is no loss of power through mechanical transmission, the built-in-motor delivers more power during cutting, while vibration is minimised during high-speed operation to ensure exceptional surface finishes and maximum tool life.

The Mazak QTE-300MY SG comes with a 12-position drum turret and utilises a 25 mm turning tool shank size.

The Mazak QTE-300MY SG is also equipped with an NC tailstock – providing support for the workpiece during the machining process – to improve accuracy and workpiece finish. The tailstock is controlled by servo motor and ball screw, a method that is much superior to manual carriage movement or hydraulic / pneumatic positioning.

In addition, the machine has a tool eye as an option for automatic tool measurement and in-cycle tool breakage. This helps the machine to further enhance productivity and profitability by reducing tool setup time.

The Mazak QTE-300MY SG features a number of environmentally-friendly and cost-saving measures, including automatically turning off the machine worklight and backlight if no operator is present and also the option of automatic chip conveyor stop when the machine is not operating.


Mazak’s QTE series are the first machines to be equipped with SmoothEz, the latest generation of MAZATROL CNC, which allows for easy setup, programming and operation.

MAZATROL SmoothEz CNC combines three easy features – Ez Machining, Ez Operation and Ez Setup – to deliver outstanding productivity, accuracy and, in turn, profitability.

Ez Machining offers machine users high-speed, high-accuracy machining with thermal compensation control, delivered by Mazak’s Thermal Shield, to maximise accuracy by automatically compensating for temperature changes in the machining area.

Ez Operation includes QUICK MAZATROL for fast conversational programming with a 15″ touch screen and intuitive operating system that can be customised according to the operator’s preference.

By integrating Mazak’s Smooth CAM Ai and Mazatrol Twins a virtual copy of the machine can be replicated in the office for enhanced setup. Collective management of machine data is synchronised between the factory and office with Smooth Project Manager to conveniently manage data required to execute machining programs – including tool data, work holding, system coordination, parameters and workpiece 3D models.

Additionally, Smooth CAM Ai can dramatically reduce programming time with Solid MAZATROL to automatically generate a program from a 3D model using Ai deep- learning to determine the optimal process from past programs.

With Ez Setup, data on a machine in the factory can be accessed from a PC in the office, offering higher operational efficiency.