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MODERN LASER TECHNOLOGY FOR CUTTING 3D COMPONENTS

Deep drawn metal components in automotive engineering often have complex 3D geometries and therefore place special demands on the manufacturing process. In addition to the choice of material, the forming process and the coating method, the optimum trimming of the various 3D components is also important.

TRIMMING

Trimming is used for the final production of the desired component contour. Naturally, the precision of the machining process is paramount. However, productivity, machining speed and flexibility also play a decisive role, especially in automotive engineering.

In order to meet the high demands for precision, delivery reliability and dependability, suppliers like Solvaro rely on modern, high-precision laser technology. The performance that modern laser systems are capable of today is shown by the example of the Trumpf laser system TruLaser Cell 7040, which is used by Solvaro in 3D finishing.

5-AXIS LASER WITH IMPROVED SPEED

When finishing complex, deep drawn metal components, high-precision laser technology is required to precisely map the contours of the 3D model. In addition to precision, it is important in this work step to maximise productivity through high cutting speed and optimised cycle times.

The example of the new TruLaser Cell 7040 laser cutting system from Trumpf shows how state-of-the-art 5-axis machines with the latest laser technology can achieve even greater precision in the final processing of deep drawn 3D components. The 5-axis laser is the heart of the new Trumpf TruLaser Cell 7040 cutting system: Thanks to flying piercing, dynamic cutting optics and the highest machine dynamics, the laser is able to process 3D components at a very high speed.

The system shows its advantages especially in the production of larger series: Here, the two-station operation enables parallel loading and unloading, which further increases productivity. Another criterion in laser finishing is process reliability: it is important to make the manufacturing process as robust as possible to ensure optimum process reliability.

 

Flexibility is key

When it comes to the processing spectrum, the industry trend is towards increasingly flexible systems: modern laser cutting systems such as the TruLaser Cell 7040 are suitable for various materials from stainless steel to aluminium alloy, and the system design also allows processing of small as well as large and flat components.

In many cases, the investment in modern laser cutting systems pays for itself quickly in the automotive supplier industry. Because in terms of precision, speed, productivity and flexibility, modern laser technology is far superior to conventional processes today. When selecting a suitable laser cutting machine, market-available systems with customised features offer decisive advantages compared to completely individualised systems. For example, the service for “off-the-shelf” systems usually proves to be much faster in reacting – adaptations can be implemented at short notice and failures can be remedied immediately. In this way, downtimes can be significantly reduced or even completely eliminated.

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Martin Schneider

Martin Schneider
SOLVARO GMBH, Head of Engineering
Expert Engineering

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