2D Laser for High-Speed Tube & Pipe Cutting

The Tube Gear 2D laser-cutting machine from Mazak Optonics can process  thin-walled round and rectangular tube and pipe with diameters of up to 6 in.

The Tube Gear 2D laser-cutting machine from Mazak Optonics Corporation (Elgin, IL) achieves industry-leading processing speeds for thin-walled tubes and pipes. The Tube Gear’s high-speed capabilities offer increased efficiency to meet the current marketplace’s strong demand for small-size tube and pipe applications. This increased efficiency creates a significant reduction of the cost per part compared to similar tube and pipe cutting systems.

Available with a 2.5 kW or 4 kW resonator, the Tube Gear can process round and rectangular tube and pipe with diameters of up to 6 in. It has a standard 5 in Servo Focus torch and a new Fanuc 31i control and drive system to dramatically improve processing speed.

The Tube Gear is equipped with a triple chuck system which minimizes warp and material vibration, allowing for higher accuracy and faster processing speeds compared to double chuck systems. The additional chuck and the machine’s rigid construction ensure superior cutting precision for material up to 24 ft long.

The system’s ergonomic design positions loading, unloading and operation on the same side of the machine to improve efficiency and minimize required floor space. It includes a bundle material load/unload system which allows for increased throughput for lot sizes up to 4.2 tons while still comprising a smaller footprint than similar machines.


A demonstration of the capabilities of the Tube Gear 2D laser-cutting machine.

Other standard features of the Tube Gear include an automated lens focal distance measurement system, automated calibration function and a nozzle cleaning system. There is also an optional automated nozzle change system to significantly reduce machine set-up times.

Machine demonstrations are available at Mazak Optonics Laser Technology Center in Elgin.

Mazak Optonics is a major supplier of laser-cutting systems, offering 50 laser models and leading the industry in the implementation of emerging laser technologies. The company’s 50,000 sq ft North American headquarters are located in Elgin and feature a 30,000 sq ft laser technology center housing up to 18 machines for demonstrations and training.

The company is part of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation (Oguchi, Japan), the global leader for the manufacture of machine tools and systems for the precision machining of metal parts, including CNC turning centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers, Multi-Tasking machining centers, turnkey cells and software solutions. The North American Headquarters for Yamazaki Mazak are located in Florence, KY.

Mazak Optonics Corporation, 2725 Galvin Court, Elgin, IL 60124, 847−252−4500, sales@mazaklaser.comwww.mazakoptonics.com.

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