9/8/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Mazak’s VC-500 AM Hybrid Speeds Multitasking

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The hybrid machine combines five-axis multitasking with direct metal deposition capability.


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Mazak’s VC-500 AM hybrid multitasking machine combines full five-axis machining capability and additive technology in a compact, cost-effective system intended to enhance product design, reduce time to market and cut R&D costs. Designed for optimum part finish and high accuracy, the machine builds part features to near-net shape quickly and easily without wasting expensive material or losing time by subtracting large amounts of metal from a solid material using normal multitasking machining technology, Mazak says.

The multitasking machine features laser cladding heads for direct metal deposition alongside the subtractive machining spindle. During additive operation, the machine uses fiber laser heat to melt metal powder and apply molten material layer by layer via the cladding head. The cladding heads can be used to grow features or coat sections of a part with metal, enabling the repair of worn or damaged high-value components.

The VC-500 AM can machine parts ranging to 19.7" in diameter and 12" in height, and weighing as much as 440 lbs. The additive cladding head can work in the same machining area, depending on the application and location of the part features.

The hybrid is equipped with Mazak’s Mazatrol SmoothX CNC, part of the company’s Smooth Technology platform, which is said to ease the generation of programs for highly complex parts production. According to the company, the control is capable of ensuring the shortest possible machining cycle times, especially in fine increment programs for simultaneous five-axis operation and free-form die-mold machining. A 19" display with multi-touch screen presents critical machine data on a single page. An SD card allows the CNC to store as much as 32 GB of data.