Laser machining Flexible and innovative solution in a single machine platform
UK — Machine tool solution provider, Engineering Technology Group (ETG), has become a technical partner of the Winbro Technologies Group. With this partnership, the UK company can now offer laser machining as well.
The next generation Winbro Delta Laser Machining System can be applied to a multitude of applications that include Percussion Drilling, Drilling on the Fly, 5 axis high-speed cutting, welding, 2D and 3D shaped hole machining via Ablation, Ceramic coating removal via Ablation, and aerospace cladding for repair or overhaul. The flexibility of the Winbro Delta Laser machining system makes it possible to combine these processes in a single machine by using dual laser sources on a single machine. This reduces customers’ machine inventory and footprint requirements, the company states.
All this is possible through a machine tool that has a robust design construction that is combined with multi-axis flexibility, a large working envelope and a choice of laser types that means the Delta can be used for a diverse range of applications. Within the compact footprint of the Winbro Delta laser machine is a spacious work area that offers an X, Y and Z-axis travel of 1500 by 750 by 1000 mm for the continuous C axis rotary table and a B-axis of +/-140 °. The machine is capable of a linear and rotary accuracy of 0.015 mm and 15 arc/sec respectively. Additionally, the repeatability of the machine is shown by a linear and rotary repeatability of 0.010 mm and 10 arc/sec respectively.
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This spacious, flexible and precise platform features technology advancements such as component scanning and mapping, focus control, a patented six-point probing system, breakthrough detection, crash protection, tool-tip interpolation, a quick-change nozzle system, a selection of nozzle assemblies and more.
The Delta can be integrated with different types of Yag and CO2 Lasers and in particular a range of highly productive Fibre Lasers, the choice of which is dependant upon application. The machine is driven by the Heidenhain iTNC640 CNC and PC, the programming of which utilises the latest Winbro post-processor (TCPro and TCPost) taking data from the users’ CAD output to define the component geometry and providing an intelligent interface for component process development.