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A560 5-Axis CNC Articulating-Head Porting Machine

A560 5-Axis CNC Articulating-Head Porting Machine

Large machining envelope and 120° of head tilt provide unmatched capabilities

The A560: a new revolution in cylinder head porting and machining. Whether you need to port long V12 or diesel cylinder heads, have a large production volume of heads to port, or have a specialty application requiring extreme angles, the CENTROID A560 is the only choice. Included in the A560 turn-key package is all the tooling, expert training, and outstanding customer service and support you need to be successful.

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A560 Turnkey Package Includes:

  • Patented 5-axis machine
  • M400 5-axis CNC control
  • Mastercam 5 axis CNC software with Port Expert.
  • 10 days of personalized CNC porting training
  • Digitizing probe & software
  • Carbide lollipop porting tool
  • Auto tool length setter
  • Cylinder head fixture plate
  • Tool holders
  • MPG electronic handwheel
  • Industry's best warranty & support

The A560 can port cylinder heads from a wide range of engine configurations: V12,V10, V8 heads, V6, Inline 6, 5 and 4 cylinders, Import, Motorcycle, Gas and Diesel engines. The CENTROID porting system overcomes limitations of other cnc porting machines with its unique and patented technology which provides better ports with seamless transitions.

The A560 has the capacity to CNC port long cylinder heads such as inline 6 cylinder gas and diesel heads. CENTROID has simplified the porting process, now you can digitize a head in the morning and be cutting perfect copies in the afternoon. The combination of accuracy, repeatability, training and support allows our customers to produce the most powerful race winnings heads on the market.


A560 porting a cylinder head

Patented Ballscrew Design

CENTROID's ballscrew drive articulating head was designed specifically for CNC Cylinder head porting. Made in the USA of rigid cast iron, the articulating head provides 60 degrees of tilt in each direction (120 degrees total) so the tool can cut even the most radical ports. The design of the A560 minimize tool motion for fast smooth cutting action. The unique ballscrew drive of the articulating head produces the smoothest 5 axis action on the market. The design also overcomes back lash and maintenance problems found with our competitors machines. Where others have tried CENTROID has succeeded with this ingenious robust design which produces fantastic ports.

CNC machined cylinder head port

Combustion Chamber

Versatile CNC Machine

Multi use machine: Port Cylinder heads and intake manifolds, machine combustion chambers, engrave letters, numbers and symbols, add o-ring grooves and more. V8 heads, V6 and 4 cylinders, Import and motorcycle engines.


Perfect Port Matching!

No other machine matches the accuracy of the the CENTROID porting system. Our superior combustion chamber side to manifold side matching guarantees that your design is being machined right where it is supposed to be.

Digitize and cut on the same machine

As with the CENTROID A532, the A560 also has the capability to digitize in five axes. So, there is no extra machine to buy or out-of-house digitizing expense. The A560 comes equipped with on-machine 5 axis automatic cylinder head port digitizing. Copy and cut a head in less than a day, start to finish.

More than just a porting machine!

With it's +/-60° of head-tilt and a generous work envelope, the A560 excels at machining complex and difficult to fixture parts... making it well suited to a variety of applications beyond cylinder head porting.

Digitizing Probe

Integrated Automatic 5-axis Digitizing!

Digitize and Cut using the same machine and the same control software. No extra software to learn, no extra CMM machine necessary to digitize a head. The same setup menus used to cut are used to digitize. Real 5-axis Digitizing method is a CENTROID exclusive time saving feature that produces better results than the competition. No comparison to the 3 axis patch method the CENTROID 5-axis intake and exhaust port digitizing is fast and accurate. No other system can beat it!

Designed for Cylinder Head Digitizing

CENTROID's DP-4 probe and software is specifically designed for digitizing cylinder head intake, exhaust ports and combustion chambers. This patented probe has special features just for cylinder head copying. Simple for users to specify copy resolution for the most accurate and best results.

Automatic Head Setup

Not only is the probe used to copy your custom shapes, the same probe automatically sets the Head zero locations on the fixture. Quick, Accurate, Automatic part setup saves you time and makes setup simple.

Ultra accurate, stainless steel construction, advanced patented circuitry, interchangeable styli, Made in the USA

A560 Articulating-Head Porting Machine Footprint

Machine Specifications

Table Size 66.9" x 23.6" (1700 x 600mm)
Longitudinal travel (X) 58" (1473mm)
Cross travel (Y) 26" (660mm)
Vertical travel (Z) 34" (863mm)
Spindle nose to table top 39" (990mm)
Spindle center to column 30" (762mm)
Maximum table load 2200lbs (1100kg)
Spindle power 20 Hp
Spindle taper CAT 40
Spindle speed 20,000 RPM
Rapid feed rates (X,Y,Z) 1300 IPM (33020 mm/m)
Guide ways Linear Guide way X,Y,Z
Accuracy 0.0005" (0.0127mm)
Repeatability 0.0002" (0.0060mm)
Axis drive motors (X,Y,Z) 2.9 Kw X,Y 4.5 Z AC Brushless Servos
Coolant pump 460W 110 Gallon Capacity
Auto lubrication pump 150W 1.75 Liter Capacity
Power requirement 50-60Hz, 208-240v, 3-Phase 60A
Air requirement 90-100 PSI (6.2-6.8 Bar)

Machine Footprint

Length 179" (4546mm)
Width 89" (2260mm)
Max. Height 126" (3200mm)

Shipping Footprint

Length 162" (4115mm)
Width 90" (2286mm)
Height 112" (2845mm)


Machine 16,000lbs (7257Kg)

Machine Features:

  • M400 CNC control, Touch screen, Windows 7 OS, Quad core processor, SSD,USB,Wifi
  • +/- 60° (120° total) of head tilt
  • Full Enclosure w/ chip auger
  • 20 Hp 3 phase 10,000 RPM spindle
  • Laser calibrated for high accuracy
  • C5 double nut ballscrews
  • Heavy duty linear ways
  • Arm type ATC 24 tools
  • Meehanite Casting Stress relieved
  • Spindle chiller
  • Auto Tool Coolant system
  • Telescopic steel way covers
  • Auto central lubrication system
  • Disc type oil/coolant separator
  • Safety glass front

See the A560 in action!

5 Axis CNC Porting Video with tool changer

A560 CNC Cylinder Head Machining center video.

See a Toyota 6 Cylinder 4 Valve head being CNC ported. The A560 Articulating Head Machine saves machining time and produces the best combustion chamber to manifold side transistions.

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If you didn't get a chance to make it to the 2012' Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando FL, check out what you missed in this video of the action at the show.


State-of-the-art CNC Control

Made in the USA, the CENTROID M400 comes from a long history of tough industrial CNC controls. The CENTROID CNC is known for its user friendly operator interface combined with powerful features which produce superior cuts and finishes with less work on your part. Simple setup menus guide you thru the process. Advanced CNC features like: Windows 7 OS, SSD (Solid State Drive), Internet ready with remote access/support, Touch Screen, Unlimited file size with accell/decell look ahead provides smooth continuous tool motion. USB 2.0 ports and Ethernet for easy file transfer. Stop and restart at any point. Program tool path graphics. The CENTROID is a fast PC based CNC with updatable software so you are always using the latest technology. Operator friendly floor stand is convenient and comfortable to use.

Mastercam CAD/CAM Software

Mastercam CAD/CAM Software with PORT EXPERT!

The latest Multi Axis Mastercam software with a one year maintenance agreement is included with every machine. We teach you how to use Mastercam to create perfect CNC ports every time. This powerful package opens your digitizing data and creates the program to port the head, also allows you to tweak hand ported designs if necessary. The CENTROID/Mastercam CNC porting system has sigficant advantages both in cost and effectivness while at the same time is the easiest to learn and the best supported porting package on the market.

Mastercam CAD/CAM Software

All the software needed to digitize and recreate Cylinder Head Intake and Exhaust ports along with Combustion chambers is included with every CENTROID CNC porting machine. There is no extra software or equipment to buy. Our renowned one-on-one CNC porting training ensures you will be CNC porting heads faster than any other system on the market.

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