Though we own and operate several sophisticated machine tools (see following pages for details on each of these), we are much more than a machine shop. As designers and builders as well as machinists and fabricators we are a one-stop-shop for everything from schematics and space planning, design for manufacturing, proofing and prototyping right on through to full-blown manufacturing and assembly, all domestically located Berkeley, California.
Swerve is located in a structure originally built in 1923 as the Berkeley Brass Foundry. History, function and modern design unite in the completed building which was vacant until 2007, when Michael and Steven Goldin and the Swerve Team designed and rebuilt the old factory as the setting for Swerve operations. This architectural endeavour reclaimed over 70% of the structural steel in situ; the modern addition is clad in 100% post-consumer recycled polyethylene and hidden behind a greenscreen of bamboo. Cooperation and a lack of hierarchy are built into our space, where all users are connected to one another via sight corridors unifying designers, machinists, financiers and craftsmen.
Three axis CNC machine: two table axes, one spindle axis.
Table: size 52" x 18"
Travels: X-axis 50", Y-axis 20", Z-axis 25"
Spindle: 12,000 max. RPM @ 14.9kW
40-tool magazine with CAT 40 clamping.
CN controller: Haas proprietary with Fanuc and Yasnac like features.
Renishaw probe for quick part setup.
Six axis CNC robot: full articulation with six joints.
Capacity: 350 lb
iRVision with character recognition and depth perception.
CNC master for Mori Seiki NT 4200.
Five axis CNC machine: one axis shared by two chuck spindles, four tool spindle axes.
Part size (max.): φ25" x 42" long.
Travels: X-axis 29.5", Y-axis 16.5", Z-axis 44", B-axis ±120° in .0001° increments.
Chuck Spindles: ø8" 5,000 max. RPM 11kW
Tool Spindle: 12,000 max. RPM @ 14kW
100-tool magazine with Capto C-6 clamping.
CN controller: Mori Seiki MSX 711 III with advanced 5 axis cutting look ahead and fine axis resolution.
1000 psi thru the spindle coolant.
Five axis gantry style CNC machine: one table axes, one gantry axis and three spindle axes.
Table: size 128" x 63"
Travels: X-axis 156", Y-axis 94", Z-axis 30", A-axis ±105°, C-axis ±210°
Spindle: 18,000 max. RPM @ 5.5kW
CN controller: Fanuc 160i/MA
30 kW vacuum connected to tables for workholding.