Prima Power Laserdyne (Champlin, MN) replaces the Laserdyne 780 with the 5-axis Laserdyne 811, a compact fiber laser that cuts, drills, welds, and performs directed energy deposition (DED) additive manufacturing for small-to-medium-size workpieces. The working envelope is 41.5 by 31.5 by 24 inches (1,100 x 800 x 600 mm) for the X, Y, and Z axes, respectively. Each axis has greater than 50 m/second velocity and acceleration of 1.2 g.
In addition to providing 90 rpm rotational speed and 15-arcsec repeatability, BeamDirector motion control supports laser processing from 90 degrees (normal to the surface) to 10 degrees off the surface of a part all the way along the axis of travel. Two additional axes (C and D) enable the extremely compact rotary-and-tilt-axes head to access hard-to-reach crevices.
The S94P CNC provides real-time pulse-by-pulse control including as the ability to program a unique shape for each individual laser pulse, such as when welding very thin aluminum, copper, cast iron, and high-carbon steels. The controller supports 7 axes of simultaneous motion and an additional axis for automating loading/unloading and other handling processes.
SmartTechniques software suite with free updates shortens cycle times while improving quality and consistency (optional FastTrim and Fast Suite II CAD/CAM software supports full 6-axis interpolation). The machine supports Windows 10 as well as Industry 4.0 via MTConnect real-time parameter and data streaming along with Prima Power Laserdyne-developed SPC process data reporting and storage. AMExpress CAD/CAM option supports DED.
With the BeamDirector and wide variety of Laserdyne nozzles, the machine transitions from welding to cutting to drilling and vice versa within seconds.
Lucifer Builds Custom Dual-Chamber Furnace
A Midwest company has put a new Red Devil unit into service to heat treat steel parts in-house. Cost effective and customized with safety features, the RD8-KHE18 furnace offers space-saving working dimensions of 12 x 14 x 18 inches in both chambers.
Smart Visual Inspection Technology Meets Metrology Products
A new Mitutoyo-Kitov agreement will lead to the integration of Kitov technologies in Mituoyo’s metrology solutions. Look for future development of more solutions to come from the new partners as they combine Mitutoyo’s measurement technologies with Kitov’s planning and inspection technologies.
Unison Ups Product Support Scope, Accessibility with ‘UltimateCare’
The rebranded service program facilitates selection of the right maintenance solutions, and also offers additional services such as CAD modellng, component prototyping and process optimization. Customers can choose services ala-carte or in tailored, bundled agreements.