Variaxis j-600AM Speeds the Additive Process

The technology is designed to speed up the additive process, allowing shops to quickly and easily grow part features, then employ the machine’s five-axis multi-surface subtractive capabilities to produce precision parts complete in single setups.

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The Variaxis j-600AM (additive manufacturing) VMC from Mazak features a wire arc-type metal deposition system. The technology is designed to speed up the additive process, allowing shops to quickly and easily grow part features, then employ the machine’s five-axis multi-surface subtractive capabilities to produce precision parts complete in single setups.

The Wire Arc system incorporates a standard wire arc-welding head mounted on the machine’s headstock to deposit material layer by layer and grow near-net-shape 3D forms. The system deposits material faster because it uses wire instead of metal power.

Machines capable of both additive and subtractive operations offer many advantages. Such machines significantly slash production time and conserve large amounts of expensive raw materials typically machined away when parts are completely produced using only subtractive operations. Plus, they reduce the number of machines required in a facility and save floor space.

The VMC also features a 12,000-rpm B-axis tilt spindle and C-axis indexing table. The machine is well suited for a variety of applications, including the production and repair of aerospace parts, molds and dies and oil-drilling components so these parts retain their original durability and wear-resistant properties.