The Vytek laser cutting head assembly was designed for fast focus adjustment and stability during high acceleration and high velocity moves. Vytek offers 3 head choices, our standard motorized system with material thickness off set, our floating head option with reverse air flow floatation and our capacitance height following system for metal cutting applications.
Our standard cutting head is a light weight assembly and utilizes a precision motorized screw for the Z axis motion. The head includes an integrated focus system and has a range of 3" (75 mm). This head can be used for both cutting and engraving and has the ability to accommodate optics from the standard included optic of 2.5" FL to 7.5"FL ( focal length) This head also includes an air, nitrogen and oxygen assist gas feature for choosing the correct gas for the application.
The Vytek laser optional Floating Head assembly was designed for cutting applications including Steel, Plastics, Woods and more. The head focus is maintained through a contact floatation foot to maintain a constant focus to the material being cut. Vytek also offers a NON contact air floatation system when contacting the material will damage it or when the material is non-conductive and the capacitance option will not do the job. This option is essentially the reverse of an air hockey table the head dynamically adjusts the height as it goes. This system works regardless of material type and does not contact the material, so even sensitive materials can be cut with out damage. An additional option for this head type is our high velocity fume extraction feature. This option uses a vortex principle to extract fumes and smoke right at the cutting point. This system uses a very small amount of vacuum to achieve nearly perfect removal of the fumes. This feature is so effective that in many cases no other extraction method is needed for some cutting applications.
The Vytek laser capacitance option is a non contact cutting head assembly which uses capacitance to maintain a preprogrammed distance from the work surface regardless of whether the material is flat over the work surface. This option was designed specifically for metal cutting applications.
The Control SystemThe Vytek control system is a state of the art multi axis control with the ability to mange simultaneous motion for up to 8 axis. The interface to the control is through Ethernet and can be either run wired or wirelessly as the user requires. The control card was designed to allow for a direct connect of our Brushless servo drives allowing for data transfer to them in the MHz range for very fast servo update rates. The Vytek control can support a number of languages including the native language Ucito as well as G and M code for vector files and direct raster based files including Tiff, Jpeg, and BMP formats.
For machine management, the system includes a rugged hand held pendant that not only allows for full machine management but also allows the user full mobility around the machine.
For file management our control system is mated with our machine tools control software which manages file transfer, job history, diagnostics and more. This application runs in the background on the PC you choose to be the non-dedicated server for the laser system. Job files can either be sent from the system to the laser system and operated as a first in first out basis or the more preferred way of saving the job file to a user defined directory and then from the pendant requesting the job or uploading from that defined directory. This has several advantages.
- Operators are not programmers so files can be created well before they are ready to run on the system and can be rerun without having to re open the file on the PC.
- Run history is captured including cycle times. In theory multiple machines can be operated from one non-dedicated PC or multiple PCs can create jobs for one laser system.
- Machine diagnostics can be remotely checked with an internet connection.
Our control system, software, motors and drive,s as well as almost all our electrical components are all made here in the USA which assures reliable support.
Standard GX3 Configuration
• Motion/Beam Delivery: Flying Optic assembly
• 32-Bit Motion Electronics
• High precision linear encoder feed backs
• Helical rack and pinion drives All steel weldment design
• Motorized Z Focus
• Hi Pro Brushless Servo Motors
• Air Assist
• Ethernet Interface
• Optic Cleaning Kit & Maintenance kit Beam Alignment Kit
• Full Enclosure
• Limited 2-year warranty (ask sales associate for full details)