Laser Machine Performs Five-Axis Texturing

GF Machining Solutions will demonstrate its Laser 1000 5Ax machine, which uses a fully digital process to perform high-precision five-axis texturing and engraving operations for molds with complex part designs.

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GF Machining Solutions will demonstrate its Laser 1000 5Ax machine, which uses a fully digital process to perform high-precision five-axis texturing and engraving operations for molds with complex part designs. The machine processes 2D and 3D details from a high-quality digital image, reproducing specific textures, engravings, marks or labels in virtually all batch sizes. According to the company, such laser technology is faster and quieter, as well as more repeatable, flexible and environmentally friendly than manual and chemical etching processes.

The machine’s mapping system uses a pulsed laser to achieve 30 to 50 layers for a higher level of detail than the three to five layers that chemical etching can produce. This allows for greater creativity in part design across a variety of materials, including graphite, aluminum, copper, steel, carbide, brass and ceramics, the company says.

The machine has two optical and five mechanical axes housed in a cast iron body for increased absorption, stability and quality. Linear scales and rotary encoders ensure maximum accuracy. A 20-watt, ytterbium pulsed fiber laser is at the heart of the machine, with a 50-watt option available to further boost capabilities. The machine also comes standard with a programmable, tilting laser head, high-resolution camera with integrated illumination for fine positioning, integrated touch probe, dust exhaust, central lubrication system and lenses of varying focal strength.