MAZAK’s new VC-500 AM hybrid multi-tasking machine — designed and manufactured in Florence, Kentucky — combines full five-axis capability and additive technology for product design, reduced time to market, and lower R&D costs. This machine will make its world debut at IMTS 2016.
The VC-500 AM brings together Mazak’s considerable expertise in building multi-tasking machines, experience with fiber-laser technology, additive knowledge, and the efficiency of its Kentucky iSMART Factory manufacturing operation. Ideal for manufacturers who require optimal part finish and high accuracy, the VC-500 AM machine builds part features to near net shape up to ten times faster than other comparable systems quickly and easily without wasting expensive material and losing time by subtracting large amounts of metal from a solid material using normal Multi- Tasking machining technology.
Constructed on a simple, compact five-axis platform, the new VC-500 AM is cost effective and accommodates a wide range of part sizes and shapes, making it well- suited for educational institutions and research and development facilities as well.
The VC-500 AM can machine parts up to 19.7 in. in diameter, 12 in. high, weighing up to 440 lbs. The additive cladding head can work in the same machining area, depending on the application and location of the features of the part.
The new VC-500 AM offers users geometric freedom via direct metal deposition, which allows for both additive and subtractive machining capabilities in a single setup. The laser cladding heads of the new Mazak VC-500 AM reside side-by-side with the
subtractive machining spindle.
During operation, the VC-500 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 head applies the molten material layer by layer, all of which solidify as the desired part surface or features grows. The laser cladding head can also be used to coat chosen sections of the part with metal, allowing the machine to repair worn or damaged high-value components.
Learn more about the VC-500 AM and the Mazatrol SmoothX CNC platform that guides it …