The 3D Fabri Gear Mk II design includes an ldquoecofriendlyrdquo resonator that cuts gas consumption by 50 and electricity consumption by 10 All Mazak Optonics machines are produced at an ISO 14001certified operation

Laser Cutting for Tubes, Pipes, Structurals

Jan. 30, 2013
2.5- or 4-kW resonator. Processes multiple shapes in iron, mild or stainless steel

Mazak Optonics — which develops laser-cutting systems — introduced a cutting machine design for processing an extensive range of tube, pipe, and structural products. The new 3D Fabri Gear Mk II machine cuts a wide variety of tubular and pipe products, including rounds, squares, rectangles, and triangles. It also processes iron I and H beams, C-channels, and angles, and user-defined shapes in mild or stainless steel, making it an optimal machining application for many industries.

The 3D Fabri Gear Mk II is available in two models, the 220 and the 400, with a 2.5- or 4-kW resonator.

Both models are outfitted with a high-precision 6-axis laser, and so the new system can handle larger, longer, thicker, and heavier materials than similar machines. The system’s processing speeds and tight tolerances make it suitable for drilling and tapping operations, too.

The 220 Mk II model processes round pipe diameters up to 8.6 inches at a rapid traverse rate of 3,937 IPM.  For processing larger material, the 400 Mk II handles round pipe diameters up to a 16 in.

Mazak Optonics said the 3D Fabri Gear Mk II achieves 10% faster cycle times thanks to improvements in sequencing and simultaneous unit operations for loading and unloading cycles. Once material is set into the loading station, the machine performs the material handling, 3D laser cutting, and unloading of finished workpieces, automatically.

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)