Japan’s Mazak Corporation, known for its range of machine tool systems, has unveiled its new INTEGREX i-400AM (Additive Manufacturing) HYBRID Multi-Tasking Machine. As a mix of additive technology and Mazak’s advanced multi-tasking capabilities, the machine is claimed to significantly reduce part cycle times while providing high-efficiency processing.
“As a turnkey system, the INTEGREX i-400AM offers manufacturers a new innovative alternative to conventional processing in terms of part design and machining,” states the company. The technology is especially well suited for small lot production of very difficult-to-cut materials such as those used in the aerospace, energy and medical industries.
With the additive capability, manufacturers can generate or clad near-net-shape component features then quickly complete them with high-precision finish machining operations, as well as laser mark parts if needed.
In operation, the INTEGREX i-400AM melts metal powder using fibre laser heat. Cladding heads (Additive Manufacturing nozzles) apply the molten material layer by layer, each of which solidifies as the desired shape grows. The system can join different types of metals to one another, a capability beneficial in the efficient repair of existing worn or damaged components such as aerospace turbine blades, the company states.
Mazak offers two types of cladding heads, either high speed or high accuracy. Users select the appropriate head based on the intended process and the particular metal powder to be used.