Amada’s 3kW Ensis fiber laser machine

To improve and enhance the groundbreaking Ensis technology, Amada added a 3kW version to the Ensis range. This machine was built on the success of the 2kW version with improved cutting speeds and quality. In line with the existing high specification level of the 2kW Ensis, the 3kW machine will also be fitted with an automatic nozzle changer and Amada’s original WACS (Water Assisted Cutting System) for stable thick mild steel processing.

At 3kW, the machine offers the industry’s largest single-diode module size. Unlike other machines, there is no diode module beam combiner, thus improving reliability and increasing machine uptime. Aside from the large, single-diode module, there are many more advancements in the 3kW Ensis.

Firstly, Amada’s patented Ensis technology is capable of changing the laser beam mode, not just the focal spot size and focus position. This results in the optimum beam control for thin and thick sheet processing. The machine also offers single-lens processing for all materials and thicknesses, and features a large-capacity nozzle changer to cover the full range automatically.

This machine is also capable of cutting up to 25mm thick mild steel, which is equivalent to the performance levels of a standard 6kW fiber laser, but uses just half the power to do the same job. With energy prices proving a major overhead for profiling and fabrication shops, this presents the opportunity to make significant savings.

Among further new features is a development of the Ensis technology, which provides a high-speed pierce in 20mm mild steel, and faster cutting than a 4kW fiber laser. This performance is achieved by instantaneously changing the beam mode between pierce and cut. For piercing materials at the thicker end of the material spectrum, oil-shot functionality is available for added reliability.

The 3kW Ensis also offers WACS II, the latest version of Amada’s proprietary Water-Assisted Cutting System. This advanced device allows the amount of water to be varied in two stages, providing further assistance when processing thicker mild steel.

The compact footprint is ideal for both OEMs and subcontract profiling and fabrication shops where every minute counts in the quest to outperform the competition. Integral automation features include cut and pierce monitoring for stable processing, as well as an X-axis conveyor.

The Ensis machine also provides much lower part costs, by utilising compressed air cutting, compared with standard nitrogen cutting. In fact, cutting speeds are the same as nitrogen processing, with part quality comparable in many thicknesses. Across a cutting range of 3000 x 1500 x 100mm in the X, Y and Z axes, processing feed rates of up to 100m/min are possible.

For further details contact Amada Johannesburg on TEL: 011 453 5459 or visit