1/31/2017

Mazak Integrex i-200S AM Hybrid Multitasking Machine Offers Range of Subtractive Processes

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The hybrid machine tool combines laser deposition with a range of subtractive operations for “done-in-one” production.

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Mazak has introduced the Integrex i-200S AM, a hybrid multitasking machine combining multi-laser deposition with turning, milling and drilling capability for “done-in-one” production of mid-size complex components. According to the company, the machine is well-suited to applications such as manufacturing aerospace components, metal cladding chemical plant valves, and repairing dies and turbine blades.

The hybrid features two turning spindles and a milling turret, plus dual laser cladding heads that provide high and fine rates of metal deposition. According to the company, the two cladding heads complement each other much like roughing and finishing tools work together in metalcutting operations. The additive heads reside in the tool magazine and are loaded/unladed into the milling turret via the machine’s automatic toolchanger.

During operation, the cladding heads use a fiber laser heat to melt metal powder and grow near-net-shape 3D forms. The heads apply the molten material layer by layer, building up a desired part surface or feature as the layers solidify. Once grown to near-net shape, the machine can apply one or more subtractive operations, including full five-axis milling, turning, hobbing and contouring, to process the part complete. 

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