What is the MSF Fiberlaser Cutting Machine from MicroStep and what is it capable of?
The MSF machine is a powerful laser cutting system for cutting materials with a fiber laser, or a combination of fiber laser and plasma. The machine is designed for the production of highly accurate parts at high cutting speeds along with surprisingly low maintenance and operational costs. Cutting of non-ferrous metals such as copper or brass is also possible. The outstanding dynamics of MSF is achieved by a low-seated gantry, digital AC drives and precise planetary gears. The position of all axes is measured by incremental encoders. Due to the wavelength, the complete system is enclosed in a security cabin which provides good accessibility while preserving the necessary protection required. For convenient material handling, the machine is equipped with a MicroStep shuttle table that significantly reduces the idle time during loading and unloading and increases the productivity of the machine.
It has an impressive gantry construction with double-sided drives through ground rack and pinions with helical gears. The machine frame consists of thick welded profiles, while guidelines of exchangeable grates are embedded on the frame inside, and guidelines for the gantry and drive racks on the outside.
The gantry of the machine is created from a steel carrier beam of square section, into which a tube for increased torsion rigidity is welded. The cross support traverses on the carrier beam, while the drive is realised through a gear rack with helical gearing. The gantry and rack guidelines are covered by accordion bellows. The drive motion for lifting the cutting head is realised through a gear rack with helical gearing.