The bridge is moved by a rack and pinion gantry system driven by Siemens brushless motors of the latest generation in order to guarantee rapid and high precision movements.
5-axis NC machining centre
Contour is a numerically controlled machining centre with five interpolated axes for production of items in marble, granite, engineered stone, and stone materials in general.
Thanks to its 700/1200 mm vertical stroke, Contour is ideal for architectural applications, funerary art, and deep slotting, allowing execution of complex and diversified machining processes.
- Structurally robust for durable high precision1
Structurally robust for durable high precision
Painstakingly designed structural components, analysed with FEM tools and assembled in Breton's plants, together with the latest generation of Siemens motors and electronics place this cutting centre at the top reliability level in its class.
Axis movements are provided by helical tooth racks which, compared to spur tooth racks, have higher load capacity, are more durable, emit less running noise and, in particular, guarantee absolute positioning accuracy.
The bridge has a gantry system, meaning two opposing motors that increase precision by eliminating the transmission axis and thus also eliminating the risk of torsional bending.
The high precision linear guides with optimally positioned runner pads impart stability and accuracy also during the most demanding work processes.
- Superior class motor spindle2
Superior class motor spindle
Contour offers a choice of 2 spindle versions as part of the basic equipment:
the standard version, with its 20 kW power output in S6 in order to exploit the high available speed (14,500 rpm) for contouring and shaping operations with tools of the latest generation. The machine is equipped with a chiller to cool the spindle in order to guarantee its performance through time.
The HD version, which reaches 22.5 kW power in S6 and can generate the high torque needed for slotting or roughing operations that call for high removal rates.
Breton motor spindles are thermally stabilised and feature long life grease lubrication of the bearings, through which tool coolant flows during machining operations.
- All the tools required to finish the workpiece on the machine3
All the tools required to finish the workpiece on the machine
Breton Contour is equipped with a wide range of tools so the operation can start from the block and end with a fully finished workpiece.
Thanks to the linear and/or sliding rotary tool store and cutting heads with automatic changeover for diversified and comprehensive tooling, Breton Contour creates finished products without intermediate steps that require more time, more space, and higher costs.
Another critical element is the lathe for the production of statuary and pillars with complex geometries. Finally, Breton Contour can also be configured in a “milling” version.
- Perfect for both wet and dry machining operations4
Perfect for both wet and dry machining operations
The machine is designed to be versatile and suitable for both wet (with coolant) and dry machining processes.
The ability to use both machining techniques makes the machine unique and suitable also for special and demanding productions.
In case of dry machining, the machine can be configured with motorised bellows to close the top of the work area and all the associated auxiliary dust capture and removal systems.
- Breton reliability and assistance5
Breton reliability and assistance
Service is an essential aspect. Speed of response, technical expertise, punctuality of service and fast shipping of spare parts are hallmarks of the Breton brand. This level of service, combined with informed technical choices, such as the insistence on high-end components and the Teleservice system, mean Contour delivers the very highest availability rates.
All in 1
Matrix is a machining centre that combines the robustness and thrust required for roughing operations with the dynamics and precision needed for finishing. A stable and robust base that is also extremely dynamic, configurable with a broad range of components and accessories in order to handle entire machining processes in a large number of sectors.
Breton Contour is acclaimed for its reliability and precision, two aspects long associated with this model and that place it at the summit of the stoneworking industry in 5-axis machining work.
Breton Contour can be used from contouring up to the creation of complex large size 3D statuary.
The machine is also particularly suitable for grinding and recovery of non-conforming parts after moulding, thus helping to reduce waste and maximise profits.
For more demanding clients the machine can be equipped with 3D scanners to read the shapes to be subsequently reproduced.
Breton Contour is available in 5 versions that are identified by the Z stroke and the torque of the installed spindle:
NC 700 (High speed) - NC700 HD (High torque) - NC1200 (High speed) - NC1200 HD (High torque) - NC1200 SHD (High Torque)
Tool holder configurations:
HSK-B80 - versions NC700/1200 e NC700/1200 HD
HSK-B100 - version NC1200 SHD
- / 01Bridge with gantry system for rapid movements and precise positioning
Helical tooth racks which, with respect to spur tooth racks, have higher load bearing capacity, are more durable, and reduce running noise./ 02Helical tooth racks for higher thrust force
The adjustable console equipped with a Siemens terminal with a 24" multi-touch screen and keyboard-mouse surface allows the operator to program the machine easily and quickly. The intuitive Breton Sphera HMI exploits the full potential and widespread compatibility of Windows 10.
In addition to the power of the system, the use of Siemens components means being able to rely on ongoing system developments and updates plus the constant availability of spare parts, anywhere in the world./ 03Siemens 24" control panel and Breton Sphera suite
Robust bench in arc-welded steel with aluminium work table having slots for workpiece clamping requirements./ 04Arc-welded steel bench with aluminium slats
Roto-translating tool store offering constant availability of 27 cells for tool changes without reducing the work area or increasing the overall dimensions of the machine.
The store also allows replacements and actions to be performed from the exterior without having to shut down the machine./ 05Circular 27-cell travelling tool store
Disc head with HSK-B80/HSK-B100 tool holder, complete with automatic opening tool store mounted on the machine column.
Allows roughing cuts of the workpiece on a single machining centre./ 06Disc head with automatic tooling
Wireless RF touch probe to detect the workpiece position in the work area. This allows the utmost positioning and clamping flexibility./ 07Wireless RF touch probe
Laser probe to check tool profile, diameter and length, complete with software and mounting on one of the machine columns.
It makes it possible to check the tool condition automatically on the machine and instantly correct the CAM program in order to guarantee the best possible machining precision./ 08Laser probe management software for tool diameter checking
Facility to configure the machine with the 900 mm or 1600 mm diameter lathe to produce even the most complex geometries by means of an external rotation axis to which the workpiece is anchored./ 09Lathe for machining pillars and statues
Other versions of Breton Contour
NC700 5 axis contouring machine with 700 mm vertical stroke and high speed spindle (14.500 rpm).
NC700 HD 5 axis contouring machine with 700 mm vertical stroke and high torque spindle (145 Nm in S6).
NC1200 5 axis contouring machine with 1200 mm vertical stroke and high speed spindle (14.500 rpm).
NC1200 HD 5 axis contouring machine with 1200 mm vertical stroke and high torque spindle. (145 Nm in S6).
NC1200 SHD 5 axis contouring machine with 1200 mm vertical stroke and very high torque spindle. (269.5 Nm in S6).
Version comparative table
|CONTOUR NC700||CONTOUR NC700 HD||CONTOUR NC1200||CONTOUR NC1200 HD||CONTOUR NC1200 SHD|
"Z" axis travel (with "A" axis at 0°)
Spindle motor power (in S1 duty)
Max. spindle rotation speed
"X" axis travel
"Y" axis travel
"X" axis max. displacement speed
"Y" axis max. displacement speed
"Z" axis max. displacement speed
"A" axis rotation
0 - 115 °
0 - 115 °
0 - 115 °
0 - 115 °
0 - 115 °
"C" axis rotation