The new direct diode laser (DDL) version of Mazak’s Fabri Gear machine range made its European debut at the recent EuroBlech 2018 exhibition in Germany.
Mazak has fast-tracked the development of the DDL FG to complement the company’s existing CO2 machine, due to the productivity potential that laser users can derive from DDL technology.
DDL is suited to cutting both thin and thick materials, and is also capable of cutting high reflectance material, such as copper and brass. Moreover, the machine is equipped with a 4 kW DDL resonator that can achieve a 20% productivity improvement. This gain is derived from its use of nitrogen, a reduction in piercing time due to a beam-on approach pierce, and an increase in cutting speed thanks to its higher light harvesting. What’s more, the DDL is capable of rapid traverse rates of 100 m/min in the X axis, 36 m/min in the Y axis and 30 m/min in the Z axis. If production is interrupted by an alarm, the ‘Quick Program Restart’ function makes it possible to quickly restart the machine, reducing downtime.
The machine is also equipped with a new 3D head, developed with an independent Z axis and tapping units. Furthermore, new laser light shielding covers have been developed to cover both the loading and unloading sides of the machine.
High productivity is matched by quality of cut, with cutting quality for thick mild steel comparable to a CO2 laser, reports the company.
Mazak says that the Fabri Gear range has long been popular in the construction industry due to its ability to cut round, square and rectangular pipe or tube often used in building projects.
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