Mazak’s Integrex i-200S AM hybrid multitasking machine, with its multi-laser deposition system, provides both additive and subtractive capabilities, enabling shops not only to turn, mill and drill, but also to build part features and perform laser marking, all on the same machine and in single setups.
Well-suited for the production of mid-size, complex components, the machine’s ability to quickly and easily grow part features is said to significantly slash production time and conserve large amounts of expensive raw materials that typically are machined away in subtractive operations.
In addition to its two turning spindles and milling turret, the machine features dual laser cladding heads/nozzles that provide options for both high and fine rates of metal deposition. The cladding heads reside in the tool magazine with the machine’s automatic toolchanger that loads/unloads them into/from the milling turret as needed.
During operation, the machine uses fiber laser heat to melt the chosen metal powder that will be used to the grow near-net-shape 3D forms. The cladding heads apply the molten material layer by layer, each of which solidifies as the desired part surface or features grows. Once the part features are grown to near net shapes, the machine then applies one or more of its advanced subtractive operations, including full five-axis milling, turning, hobbing and contouring, to process the part complete.
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