Five-axis hybrid machine on display

Yamazaki Mazak is set to showcase the latest addition to its five-axis range of hybrid machining centres on stand J220 at Southern Manufacturing.

The Variaxis j-600/5X AM, which made its European debut at EMO last year, employs a wire-arc AM (additive manufacturing) head on a five-axis vertical machining centre to enable high-speed additive and subtractive manufacturing on one combined platform. The wire-arc AM torch is mounted on the machine’s headstock to deposit material layer-by-layer and grow near-net-shape 3D forms. Material is deposited quickly due to the use of wire instead of metal powder.
Mazak’s Variaxis j-600/5X AM makes use of a 12,000 rpm main spindle and wide B-axis spectrum of rotation (+90° to -120°). The machine is equipped with a rigid structure, utilising roller linear guides on all linear axes and roller gear cams on both rotary axes.
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