The AbrasiMatic® 300 abrasive cutter from Buehler (Lake Bluff, IL) now features the optional X-Bed for increased convenience when sectioning in the X-axis direction. The accompanying digital display tracks X-axis travel, improving precision, consistency and repeatability in serial (parallel) sectioning applications. The AbrasiMatic 300 is a bench-top cutter featuring a 12 in abrasive cut-off wheel that can section up to a 4.375 in (110 mm) diameter sample. A 5 hp (3.7 kW) motor powers through large and hardened materials, including steel, highly-alloyed metals, coated metals, ceramics, concrete and minerals.
The X-Bed adjusts using a handle wheel on the front of the machine. Operators can quickly and easily position/reposition samples without unclamping them from the table or vice. After making the first cut, operators can then set the digital display to zero. Any subsequent x-axis table movement is then displayed 0.1 in increments.
The AbrasiMatic 300 offers the power, durability and sample-size capacity of some stand-alone abrasive cutters, but in a benchtop design. It measures 34 in W x 23 in H x 27 in D (849 mm W x 585 mm H x 678 D) and weighs 350 lb (165 kg). The cutting area is separated from the electrical area for total isolation. Two stainless steel T-slot vice table beds accept any standard vices, and two flexible gooseneck halogen lights can be positioned to illuminate any spot in the cutting area. A side hood door slides open as the hood is raised to allow easy sample placement, while a side port accommodates long sample sizes. An innovative basket catches parts after sectioning, while a wash-down hose with shut-off valve enables quick cleaning of the cutting area and vices.
The AbrasiMatic 300 offers four sectioning options: X-axis serial sectioning; manual “chop” style cutting in the Z-axis using the manual cutting lever; manual longitudinal y-axis cutting using the y-axis handle wheel and automated longitudinal y-axis cutting using the Y-axis motor feed and touch-screen controls. Buehler’s unique SMARTCUT system automatically reduces the feed rate to produce burn-free cuts. A pulse cutting mode reduces deformation on difficult-to-cut materials.
Buehler is the world’s premier manufacturer of scientific equipment and supplies for materials preparation and analysis. Buehler’s products are used throughout the world in manufacturing facilities, quality laboratories and universities to enable material characterization, ensure quality and perform materials research.
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