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Mazak adds new hybrid additive machine to lineup

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Mazak has introduced a new hybrid multi-tasking additive manufacturing machine, the Integrex i-200S AM that allows shops to turn, mill, drill and build part features and perform laser marking all on the same machine and in single setups with the company’s Done In One production concept.

 The Integrex i-200S AM excels in challenging applications, such as aerospace components, metal cladding for chemical plant valves and the repair of dies and turbine blades. Ideal for the production of mid-size complex components, the machine makes it possible to quickly and easily grow part features. This capability significantly slashes production time and conserves large amounts of expensive raw materials typically machined away when parts are completely produced using only subtractive operations.

In addition to its two turning spindles and milling turret, the hybrid machine features dual laser cladding heads/additive manufacturing nozzles that provide options for both high and fine rates of metal deposition. Essentially, the two cladding heads complement each other much like roughing and finishing tools work together in common chip making operations. The cladding heads reside in the tool magazine with the machine’s automatic tool changer that loads/unloads them into/from the milling turret as needed.

During operation, the Integrex i-200S AM uses fiber laser heat to melt the chosen metal powder that will be used to the grow near-net-shape 3D forms. The cladding heads apply the molten material layer by layer, each of which solidifies as the desired part surface or features grows. Once the part features are grown to near net shapes, the i-200S AM then applies one or more of its advanced subtractive operations, including full five axis milling, turning, hobbing and contouring, to process the part complete.

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