3-D laser system has enhanced automation features

March 8, 2005

Prima Laser Tools' Rapido 3-D laser cutting system is designed for improved automation, cutting speed, work accessibility, and safety.

The system's focal position control (FPC) automatically manages the laser's focal position according to the specific application and controls the head position throughout the production process. No setup changes are necessary when alternating material types and thicknesses.

A split-cabin, sliding pallet design allows the system to cut parts continuously without any idle time during the unloading/reloading process. While the laser is cutting in one cabin, the operator can unload the finished part and reload the other. A sliding pallet feature allows larger parts to be cut. The system can be integrated with various robotics.

Operating with Cenit Software's Windows®/PC-compatible v5/LaserCUT technology, the system's automated functions include math data clean-up and 3-D fixture builder for holding fixtures with unfold/nesting and 2-D tool path creation. Simple tool path manipulation features overcome machine tool or process-specific constraints such as travel limits or variance between actual part and math data. The software's reverse engineering features enable uploading of G-Code or RML-Code back into CAD/CAM software.

The system's machine structure, laser, CNC, and electromechanics are integrated into a cantilevered, compact architecture. The cabin fully encloses the work area, including the ceiling, for safety and efficient dust and fume exhaustion. An automatic door slides into the roof area, providing accessibility from three sides.

The system features a patented Safe Impact Protection System (SIPS) that protects the cutting head, nozzle, and sensor from possible damage from interference between the head and the workpiece. Laser heads can be reattached and operational within minutes after interference.

The Join-It™ system allows the 5-in. standard cutting head to be reconfigured from cutting to welding applications with a 7.5-in. cutting kit, B-axes for welding with 8.7-in. and 11.2-in. parabolic mirrors, and B-axis for surface treatment. The system also can be equipped with fast-axial-flow lasers.

A laser piercing monitor analyzes the reflected radiation and automatically calculates the parameters for the piercing process, immediately stopping the piercing when the material has been perforated. The system also features a rotary axis for tube processing.

For more information, visit www.prima-na.com.

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