High-Speed Laser provides 3D and pipe cutting.

Press Release Summary:

Space Gear is offered with 4 x 8 or 5 x 10 ft cutting table and 16.53 in. Z-axis stroke. In 2D mode, pivot-beam design and 4000 W resonator allow high-speed cutting of sheet metal and plate up to 1 in. thick. In 3D mode, laser can bevel cut flat material and cut pre-formed parts using same 5-axis cutting head. In rotary mode, machine processes pipe and rectangular and triangular tube as well as C, H, I, and L beams. It can be programmed using teach pendant or downloaded NC code.

Original Press Release:

High Speed Laser Cuts 3D/Pipe, Too

Schaumburg, IL - Mazak's triple-mode laser cutting system offers 3 ways for a company to differentiate itself. To take on work other companies don't offer yet, the Space Gear, a high-speed 2D production laser, also performs 5-axis cutting of pre-formed parts and 6 axis cutting of pipe and structural. With the new 4000-watt resonator, the system can production cut up to 1" thick mild steel.

In 2D mode, Mazak's pivot-beam machine design allows precise high-speed cutting of sheetmetal and plate up to 1" thick (4000w). A Meehanite cast frame and accurate drive system maintain the Space Gear's superior accuracy and repeatability with minimal maintenance.

In 3-D mode, the Space Gear can bevel cut flat material and can cut pre-formed parts -- stamped, hydroformed, and spun -- using the same 5-axis cutting head. The operator can program on the machine using the user-friendly teach pendant or download NC code created by Space Cam. This software option generates NC cutting code from a 3-D CAD drawing. In addition, it can automatically design and generate NC code for a workholding fixture.

In rotary mode, the Space Gear can end cut complex contours with weld-prep bevels plus any size or shape hole all in one operation. The machine processes pipe and rectangular and triangular tube as well as C, H, I, and L beams. Programming is quick and easy right on the machine. Space Gear's NC incorporates illustrated fill-in-the-blank programs which, for example, allow the operator to input only three lines to program the complex 6-axis contours for a saddle joint.

Available with a 4'x8' or 5'x10' cutting table and a 16.53" Z-axis stroke, the Space Gear is part of a broad line of CO² laser cutting machines and automated material handling equipment designed for the efficient production processing of sheetmetal and plate as well as preformed sheetmetal and pipe. This line is offered in the U.S. by Mazak Nissho Iwai. For more information, visit www.mazaklaser.com or call Bob St. Aubin, National Sales Manager, Mazak Nissho Iwai, 847-252-4500 or FAX 847-252-4599.

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