Precision Programming Enriches the 3D Laser-Cutting Process
No company feels the pain of shrinking lead times more than prototype shops. One such company is Accu-Rite Industries, who have adopted high-speed 3D laser-cutting technology and paired it with CAD/CAM programming software to achieve success.
Design and manufacture of seating components and assemblies represent some of the trickiest aspects of automotive production. Simply stated, seats challenge engineers as they must simultaneously satisfy goals related to health and safety, as well as driver and passenger comfort. Seating components - including their many stamped and fabricated metal parts - must account for ergonomic considerations, vibration suppression and strength.
Key to the remarkable advances made in automotive-seating engineering is prototype development which is the speciality of Accu-Rite Industries. The firm works with several OEMs and Tier One suppliers to develop reclining-mechanism components, slide tracks, shells and frame parts, reinforcing brackets, hinges, latches and locks.
Amongst the tools in the firm’s proverbial manufacturing toolbox are, of course, stamping presses (350- to 750-ton hydraulic models), as well as press brakes, machining centers and coordinate-measuring machines. The newest star on its shop floor is a five-axis 3D laser-cutting machine, a TLH-series model, with a work envelope of 4.5M by 1.2M by 0.5M. Equipped with a 2-kW fibre laser, the state-of-the-art workhorse boasts cutting and positional accuracy rated to 0.007mm and a pallet changer to optimise throughput. It takes Accu-Rite’s ability to trim stamped prototype parts to a new level of efficiency and quality.
“We need the highest levels of accuracy available in the industry”, says Accu-Rite’s, John Loudon, “to keep up with demands from our customers”, so therefore Tolerances are often are specified at plus or minus 0.05 mm on stamped parts.
With updates in collision avoidance and other features added to Tebis via recent software updates, programming is faster than ever—maybe 30 percent faster than it was several years ago and the process is more efficient.
Prototype specialist of seating components and assemblies
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