CAMX 2016 preview: Laguna Tools Inc.

Laguna Tools (Irvine, California) is introducing the new Composite Fabricator CF16 CNC machining center developed specifically for the ACM (aluminum-composite-material) fabrication industry.

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Laguna Tools (Irvine, California) is introducing the new Composite Fabricator CF16 CNC machining center developed specifically for the ACM (aluminum-composite-material) fabrication industry. The large table format (6 by 16 ft) is suited for machining large architectural panels required in many ACM applications. Machining accuracy and cut quality are assured by the Laguna SmartShop one-piece, all-welded structural steel base frame system. The machines feature Laguna's six-zone vacuum table design and a variety of vacuum pumps, depending on application requirements. The smooth movement of the traveling gantry is a result of precise machining of the frame components, precision-ground contour guide rails in all axes, and world-class motion control. Movement on both X and Y axes is achieved with helical rack-and-pinions driven by precision planetary drive systems. Z axis motion is controlled by precision-ground ball screw and the precision planetary drive system. Laguna Tools has also developed an exclusive ACM machining package that includes three floating head CNC electro-spindles to perform the machining functions that are typical to ACM fabrication. The floating head feature is beneficial to insure consistent miter fold depth across the surface of the ACM panel. The ACM machining package also includes an efficient chip removal shroud system that directs all of the available vacuum to the active machining head, keeping chip damage to a minimum. A typical Laguna Composite Fabricator CF16 configuration would include two machining heads used for miter-folding and panel cutout, respectively. The third floating head in the package also includes mist lubrication and is well suited for machining the aluminum extrusions that are typically required in addition to panel fabrication.

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