MTDCNC visited TRUMPF discovering the new Trulaser Cell Series
MTD recently visited TRUMPF UK to investigate some of the latest technology the company has on offer, what we discovered was the new Trulaser Cell Series of machines. This impressive new line of machines can weld, cut or drill 3D components that include anything from the smallest implants for medical technology to complete bodies in white.
The smallest machine in the TRUMPF Trulaser Cell Series is the 1000 model. Designed for endless welding of coils, tubes, profiles and strips as well as welding of rotationally symmetrical components, the Trulaser 1000 can be integrated in production lines, individually configured and also combined with CO2 and solid-state lasers.
The TruLaser Cell Series 1000 is very compact with a modular design that enables the system to be adapted to many different machining tasks. With an X and Z axis travel of 300/500mm in both axes and a Q axis travel of 50mm, this is truly a compact offering. For larger applications, Trumpf can also supply the 3000, 7000 and the largest of the line an 8000 Series. The 8000 Series is a full 3D laser processing system that takes up less than 50m2 of floor space. Developed with ease of use in mind, a simple initialization process enables the operator to quickly integrate the new machine into the existing manufacturing environment and start working immediately. This complete package offers a work envelope of 3m in the X-axis, 1.5m in the Y-axis and 600mm in the Z-axis. The B-axis has a +/-135 degree travel whilst the C-axis has full 360degree movement.
So, how does it all work? In the case of Trumpf technology, the precisely focused laser beam strikes the workpiece and heats the material so extremely that it melts or even vaporizes. Once it has completely penetrated the workpiece, the cutting process can start. The laser beam moves along the component contour, melting the material as it goes. Usually, a stream of gas blows the melted material downwards, out of the cut. The gap is barely wider than the focused laser beam itself. For laser drilling, a short laser pulse melts and vaporizes the material with a high power density. The resulting high pressure drives the molten material out of the hole. To view this truly impressive technology in action, call Trumpf or visit their website for more details.