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.
HGG Appoints Brandon Welch to Position of Western Sales Manager
HGG Profiling Equipment Inc. (Houston, TX) has appointed Brandon Welch to be western states sales manager with responsibility for 1) sales of new machinery and 2) service and support of HGG customers west of the Mississippi.
Winners of Welding Competition at Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show
Three welding students won scholarships at the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show (WIMTS), which was held Oct. 5-7 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.