With over a century of expertise under their belt, the Austria-based Metalltechnik Vils has developed a high-profile client list. However, the precision parts they develop for electrical and hydraulic systems still face strong competition from low-cost machine shops.

To stay competitive on cost and time, Metalltechnik Vils relies on global manufacturer DMG MORI for their machine tools, turning centers, lathes, and ultrasonic and laser machines.

DMG MORI is one brand under the umbrella company DMG Mori Seiki AG, a mechanical engineering company and machine tool builder headquartered in Bielefeld, Germany. The DMG Mori Seiki AG group also includes others like DECKEL MAHO, a developer and producer of universal milling machines and machining centres for the DMU, DMU P, and DMC U lines.

Results in Days (Not Weeks)

Recently, Metalltechnik Vils added DMG MORI’s DMC 80 U duoBLOCK® to their lineup.


The latest version of this 5-axis milling center for complex parts is loaded with new features, including:

  • A high-capacity tool changer
  • Large traverse paths
  • A fast, space-saving pallet changer
  • Higher table loads

DECKEL MAHO’s designers also increased the size of the milling center’s workspace, enabling easier setup of large machine parts or large, multiple clamping devices.

Commercial Director for Metalltechnik Vils Christoph Allgaier explained that the DMC 80 U duoBLOCK® will help maximize DECKEL MAHO’s capacity and enable them to respond to customer design requests in a day, instead of weeks.

Precision, Teamwork and Flexibility

To get the quality, precision, and speed-to-market they need for a new product, DECKEL MAHO looked to their PDM software.

“The pace of innovation we reach today,” said Dr. Hans Gronbach, head of R&D, “is only possible with PTC Creo and PTC Windchill.”

Creo improved DECKEL MAHO’s workflows and design strategies in three major ways:

  • Creo’s 3D virtual prototyping lets their designers test a variety of structural properties of the duoBlock® early in the process — before the first physical part is even made.
  • Creo’s top-down design option allows individual designers to evolve subassemblies concurrently in 3D, load the changes to assess daily progress, and identify and resolve issues instantly — completely negating the need for 2D technical drawings.
  • Creo’s skeleton models, layouts, parametric family of parts, simulation and cabling features let them quickly create detailed models from concepts, minimizing the need for physical prototypes.

Using Creo Simulate, they can also optimize new designs for dynamic and static masses. This increases designs’ precision and stability and reducing their overall energy usage.

With the help of Creo, DECKEL MAHO took the duoBLOCK® from concept to production in just 14 months — a 53% time decrease from their former 2D-based process. And the milling center’s improved accuracy, long-term precision and stability make it the highest performing center with the smallest footprint to date.

Using Creo allows DMG MORI to support companies like Metalltechnik Vils, and build more efficient products like the DMC 80 U duoBLOCK.®

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