Third Generation Six-Axis System for Machining Formed Metal Parts
The LASERDYNE 430 series of systems from Prima Power Laserdyne are designed for cutting, welding and drilling of 2D and 3D drawn, thermoformed, hydroformed, punched, stamped and spun metal parts.
Prima Power Laserdyne, LLC (Champlin, MN) introduces their LASERDYNE 430 series of systems designed for cutting, welding and drilling of 2D and 3D drawn, thermoformed, hydroformed, punched, stamped and spun metal parts.
This laser system can also integrate LASERDYNE’S BeamDirector® motion and process control capabilities in a space efficient platform coupled with a fiber laser. The 430 BeamDirector is also capable of drilling shaped holes and welding a wide range of materials ranging from copper to stainless steel and to titanium.
Combining higher velocity and acceleration, this third generation BeamDirector® features an exclusive contouring head that provides C (rotary) axis motion of 900 deg, and D (tilt) axis motion of 300 degrees. This latest BeamDirector® laser beam positioning capability with rotary table provides a six-axis system enabling new manufacturing processes while improving existing ones.
A demonstration of the LASERDYNE 430 doing 3D cutting.
Among the 430’s proven features are the SP94P control, which includes a full complement of standard hardware and software features. These include Automatic Focus Control™ for capacitive part sensing, patented Optical Focus Control (OFC) for sensing of thermal barrier coated surfaces, ShapeSoft™ software for programming shaped holes, BreakThrough Detection™ for drilling clean, consistent holes with the minimum number of pulses, and mapping. The SP94P control also allows the customer to use programs created for different LASERDYNE systems with little or no modification.
A demonstration of the LASERDYNE 430 welding.
Additional features for improved accuracy and repeatability include optical encoders, higher assist gas air-flow, optical encoders, adjustable mirrors for easy and accurate beam alignment, and cassette mounted lens and cover slides for quick, accurate changeover.
The LASERDYNE 430 BeamDirector® operates at speeds up to 800 ipm in all axes (0−20 m/min) with bidirectional accuracy of 0.0005 in (12.7 micrometer). This accuracy is throughout the system’s 585 mm x 408 mm x 508 mm work envelope, making it ideal for demanding process validation and reliability requirements. Accuracy of the new system is certified to ISO 230–1:1996 and 230–2:2006 in accordance with Prima Power Laserdyne’s standard accuracy and repeatability test procedures.
Achieving a high level of accuracy from prototype to production stages and from one job to another is possible because everything works together in a coordinated manner – the controller, software, motion system, laser and process sensors.
A good example of this is the Automatic Focus Control (AFC™) feature that has been continuously refined so that both hardware and software is leading edge. AFC precisely guides the motion system, maintaining critical focus position and following the contour of the part regardless of slight surface irregularities.
With AFC, all machine axes react to sensing of the part surface, creating unlimited R-axis correction with high speed and unmatched sensitivity. AFC allows top machine speeds so productivity is maximized without downtime or scrapped parts.