FLORENCE, Ky., July 27, 2023 – As a pioneer in friction stir welding (FSW) technology, Mazak MegaStir will display some of its latest developments for that advanced joining process at FABTECH 2023 in the Mazak Optonics booth A3502. Among those developments are the company’s dynamic and intelligent FSW toolholders and its recently released line of diamond FSW tool tips. Dynamic holders support older legacy machines, while intelligent holders provide connectivity for process feedback, and the diamond tipped tools enhance FSW performance and extend tool life.
All are for use in HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine operations that combine subtractive processes with that of FSW assembly/joining. This hybrid platform provides the ability to join assembly components on the same machine with the same operator and consolidates factory floor footprints while decreasing capital expenditures.
For the Mazak MegaStir process, an intelligent FSW tool holder is pulled – via a normal tool change cycle – from the tool magazine of a Mazak vertical or horizontal machining center to perform FSW operations. The tool holder collects temperature, Z-axis load data and other information to enable operators to manage the FSW process. FSW software available through Mazak’s MAZATROL Smooth CNC allows real-time monitoring of FSW’s three main processes – plunging, traversing and extracting.