With the VC-500A/5X AM HWD, Mazak demonstrated the benefits of Hybrid Multi-Tasking Hot Wire Deposition (HWD) part processing: it reduces lead times and part costs, increases machining accuracy and part quality, with higher levels of productivity, flexibility, and profitability.
The VC-500A/5X AM HWD performs all or most of a part’s machining in one cycle. With Hot Wire Deposition laser technology, the VC-500A/5X AM HWD offers a high-speed additive solution and programmable welding automation with full five-axis machining capabilities.
An HWD arc torch melts metal wire onto a base material and/or part that can be made of dissimilar material. Shops may generate precise sealing coatings and near-net shape part features, or repair complex components (e.g., impellers, turbine blades), along with tool-and-die parts. The HWD laser cladding head feeds welding wire automatically to an argon gas nozzle. The head delivers a deposition rate of three to five pounds per hour, with a 98 percent material utilization rate.