Mazak is stepping up tube cutting capabilities with new FG-220 3D fiber laser cutting machine
Mazak takes its laser-cutting capabilities to the max with the launch of the new compact 3D fiber laser-cutting machine FG-220. The FG-220 is designed for precision 3D cutting of long tubes (with round, square, rectangular, and triangular cross-sections) and structural materials (such as I and H beams, angle iron, and additional user-defined shapes).
Its use improves the productivity of cutting thin to medium thickness pipe and other structural materials. This is due to the fiber laser technology having a shorter wavelength than a CO2 laser for high-speed cutting of medium steel with nitrogen assist gas. Higher productivity translates into significant energy savings thanks to the 100% elimination of laser gas and a 50% reduction in electrical consumption. Furthermore, the FG-220 is an all-in-one machine that can perform multiple processes including cutting, drilling, tapping, and clamping, which leads to significantly reduced in-process times.
Maximum 3D flexibility
Mazak has engineered a proprietary 3D laser cutting head with an extended range of movement across an A- and a B-axis, which expands on the array of possible applications. The FG-220 enables machining at any desired angle and from various directions, thus achieving even complex shapes, as well as tight joint-fits. As a result, rigid space frames can be quickly constructed with reduced welding when compared to conventional construction processes. The machine is suitable for use on a broader spectrum of workpieces, including highly-reflective materials such as copper and brass.
The machine is equipped with several features to enable high-precision cutting of long materials, such as auto-centering and clamping of the workpiece, and various support units to prevent sagging during cut. Four chucks simultaneously travel on and rotate around the axis to avoid material swaying. The machine can also be provided with work length measurement and inclination compensation to detect bends or twists, a tapping unit for shorter production lead time, and a chain type conveyor for continuous operation.
The FG-220 comes installed with the unique Mazak FX CNC and FX TUBE CAD/CAM software for pipe cutting, which offers plenty of quality-of-life functions such as part nesting, a simulation tool, and a tool path monitor to speed up setup times and enable a continuous production.
Thanks to a winning combination of efficient fiber laser technology, wide range of 3D possibilities, and numerous customization options for high-precision cutting, the FG-220 is the ideal machine for tube manufacturers looking to streamline their production processing and achieve a higher level of performance.