HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine features innovative multi-laser deposition technology
FLORENCE, Ky., December 15, 2016 – Mazak continues to fortify its industry leadership in HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine technology with the introduction of its new INTEGREX i-200S AM (Additive Manufacturing). With an innovative multi-laser deposition system, the machine provides both additive and subtractive capabilities. Shops can not only turn, mill and drill, but also build part features and perform laser marking all on the same machine and in single setups for DONE IN ONE® production.
The INTEGREX i-200S AM excels in challenging applications, such as aerospace components, metal cladding for chemical plant valves and the repair of dies and turbine blades. Ideal for the production of mid-size complex components, the machine makes it possible to quickly and easily grow part features. This capability significantly slashes production time and conserves large amounts of expensive raw materials typically machined away when parts are completely produced using only subtractive operations.
Multi-Laser Metal Deposition is a new technology in which multiple laser beams in the AM head are used to melt powered metal which is fed through the center of the head. It is effective for the production of precise features, for heat-sensitive thin sheet metal material and for complex surfaces. To maximize the processing area INTEGREX i-200S AM, its AM head is mounted on a gantry and automatically moves to a storage area away from any contamination by machined chips or coolant during the subtractive machining process
During operation, the INTEGREX i-200S AM uses the melted metal to the grow near-net-shape 3D forms. The cladding head applies the molten material layer by layer, each of which solidifies as the desired part surface or features grows. Once the part features are grown to near net shapes, the INTEGREX i-200S AM then applies one or more of its advanced subtractive operations, including full 5-axis milling, turning, hobbing and contouring, to process the part complete.