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The use of non-contact linear motors, which drive and guide axis motions on a thin film of air, allows a rapid traverse rate of 1,969 ipm and enables smooth acceleration, the company says. The X-axis table uses two guides and motors, while the Y and Z axes each contain a single guide and motor. Anti-friction roller assemblies support the table and part loads. The machine features a six-torch changer magazine combined with a 10-nozzle changer to reconfigure the setup via part program.
The machine’s PREview CNC uses a 64-bit processor. Rather than processing one command at a time, the control features “look-ahead” capability that allows it to read through several commands. After predicting problem areas such as tight corners and intricate patterns, the control adjusts cutting parameters for each shape.
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