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Friction stir welding: hybrid technology and digital manufacturing

Consolidating metal removal and joining in one multi-tasking, digital-driven platform requires a distinctly innovative perspective on the manufacturing life cycle.

Friction stir welding consolidates metal removal and joining.

A leading provider of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) technology since 2002, Megastir became part of the Mazak Corporation in 2018. The company chose IMTS 2018 as its showcase to unveil the VTC-300c’s groundbreaking new capabilities.

Mazak booth at IMTS in Chicago.

At IMTS 2018, it was clear based on the attendee-buzz and communication from our customer-base that digital manufacturing and hybrid machining was the right direction.

Dale Fleck, General Manager, Mazak Megastir

Crowded trade show floor viewing digital manufacturing.

FSW plasticizes and then homogenizes two components through a combination of frictional heat, forging pressure, and rotational energy.

Mazak MegaStir spindle is key to friction stir welding.

It creates full-penetration, defect-free joints. It can also join dissimilar metals, such as aluminum to copper or steel to nickel-based alloys.

Mazak MegaStir shown in detail

“Through Bluetooth, we communicate with a machine, and we get feedback of what the load and pressure is and also what the temperature of the tool is during the welding process.”

Russell Steel, Engineering Manager, Mazak Megastir

Audio clip from Russell Steel, Engineering Manager, Mazak Megastir.

Mechanical engineer explains digital manufacturing.

“And with that we can quickly see what's going on. We can put algorithms in the machine that will control to give us the exact properties that we want out of the weld the same every time.”

Russell Steel, Engineering Manager, Mazak Megastir

Audio clip from Russell Steel, Engineering Manager, Mazak Megastir.

Mechanical engineer explains FSW digital manufacturing.
Friction stir welding in a hybrid CNC machine

“So the hybrid solution was based on the premise of digital manufacturing. Digital is taking more of a holistic look at the whole manufacturing environment, the whole facility, everything that is integrated to make an end product.”

Dale Fleck, General Manager, Mazak Megastir

Audio clip from Dale Fleck, General Manager, Mazak Megastir.

Digital manufacturing important to Mazak MegaStir.

“Integrating joining capabilities into a CNC machining center brings with it all the inherent advantages of digital manufacturing, such as traceability and connectivity.”

Tim Shinbara, VP & CTO at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Integrated machining is possible thanks to digital manufacturing.

“This multi-tasking system exemplifies the non-linear thinking visitors will find at IMTS 2020. It’s two traditional solutions but wrapped in a comprehensive digital package that can exponentially increase overall equipment efficiency.”

Tim Shinbara of AMT explains more about digital manufacturing.

“This is the direction that not only we believe is the future of manufacturing, but so do our customers,” Dale Fleck.

Audio clip from Dale Fleck, General Manager, Mazak Megastir.

Mazak MegaStir sees hybrid manufacturing capabilities as the future.
Busy trade show at IMTS.
IMTS attendees in the Mazak booth.
Record attendance at IMTS.