Dragon A400 - Essential CNC Tube Production Machine

The Dragon A400 uses plasma cutting, marking, and engraving to make CAD/CAM designs a reality. Any design of holes and end cuts can be plasma cut on the Dragon A400. The machine marks clear bending instructions such as bend location, rotation, and degrees on the tube. For shops that fabricate with tube and pipe, the Dragon A400 is the essential tool for success. Ask us to schedule a Virtual Demo today to see live cutting of the Dragon A400.

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Improving the Bottom Line

Increasing accuracy and efficiency through CNC automation, the Dragon A400 saves money for fabricators. Production time is often made five times faster by the Dragon A400. CNC automation minimizes errors in production. Wasted time, wasted materials, and wasted labor burden productive fabrication. Increasing the shop’s total production output is a big reason Bend-Tech Dragon customers say the Dragon A400 was well worth the investment. For tube and pipe fabrication shops looking to lower costs, reduce waste, and increase profits, the solution is the Dragon A400.

Contact our salesperson to learn how the Dragon A400 will help your production improve.

Increase Efficiency and Accuracy with CNC Automation

The CNC automation of tube processing drastically improves the time of production. The Dragon A400 uses CAM and CNC to make correct parts every time. Eliminating wasteful errors in fabrication saves time and money. The parts produced by the Dragon A400 fit up as intended, removing the need for the time-consuming process of manually fitting tube. The Dragon A400 is a machine for tube and pipe fabrication businesses looking to improve production by increasing efficiency and maintaining consistent accuracy.

Cutting Edge Plasma

The Dragon A400 runs a mechanized plasma torch. Plasma is a fast and accurate method of cutting that does not have the high cost of a laser. The plasma typically cuts at a speed of 60-70 inches per minute. A plasma unit can be purchased through Bend-Tech or bought separately. Bend-Tech recommends the use of a mechanized Hypertherm Powermax system. Generally, customers have the Powermax45, Powermax65, or Powermax85.

Ask us to provide a sample package or benchmarks of your parts, so you can see the efficiency and accuracy of CNC plasma cutting.


Built to Handle Your Material

Material Types
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Black Pipe
  • Chrome Alloy
  • Any type of electrically conductive metal

Material Sizing
  • Round: 0.75” (19.05mm) - 6” (152.4mm)
  • Square: 0.75” (19.05mm) - 4" (101.6mm)
  • Rectangle: 0.75” (19.05mm) - 4” (101.6mm)
  • Angle: 0.75” (19.05mm) - 4” (101.6mm)
  • Channel: 0.75” (19.05mm) - 4” (101.6mm)

Material Length
  • The Dragon A400 handles full 24 ft. (7.31m) length material.
  • The chuck has a pass through ability for round material with a 2” or less OD to accommodate longer than standard pieces.

Material Weight
  • Maximum capacity of 400 lbs (181.4kg)

Material Thickness
  • 1/32” (0.79mm) - 5/8" (15.8mm)

Will Dragon A400 Work for My Applications?

To learn about how the Dragon A400 will handle your materials, contact our sales staff at sales@bend-tech.com or 651-257-8715.



Quick and Easy Loading Process



Front Gate

The front gate has two adjustable self-centering vice-like jaws that hold their position. The front gate securely holds tubes up to 400 lbs. Once set at a size, the front gate holds that position. This allows the operator to run the same size of a tube over and over without having to adjust the gate with every new stick.


Chuck

The chuck has four self-centering jaws for easy loading and securely holding material for accurate part production.


Material Support Lift

The automation of the material support lift keeps the material level for accurate cutting. The material support helps hold full-length material during the loading process.



Do More with Automatic Tool Changer

The automatic tool changer automatically changes the four different tools during the production process.



Mark

The marker is commonly used for bend location, bend rotation, saddle fitment marks, part number/i.d., text, and more.


Engrave

The engraver is commonly used for bend location, bend rotation, saddle fitment marks, part number/i.d., text, and more.


Cut

The plasma torch cuts all profiles and holes into the tube.


Align

The laser light gives an accurate lineup to start every job with accuracy.



Increase Production Output with Full Automation

The six axes of movement cut any part. Complete automation on every axis produces your parts faster and more accurately. The axes are tuned to hold a tolerance of +/- 0.010 inches.



A & Z Axes

Provides accurate side to side and up/down movements of the toolhead and its tools.


X-Axis

Moves the material along its length.


Y-Axis

Works in unison with the C-axis to rotate the material.


B-Axis

Ensures that long pieces of material maintain being level throughout the cutting process.
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C-Axis (Optional Feature)

Works in unison with the Y-axis to rotate the material.



Design to Production Made Easy with
Powerful CAD & CAM Software

The Bend-Tech Software provides a smooth transition from design to finished part. Easy to use, the software eliminates a considerable amount of waste in time and mistakes. The Bend-Tech Software is an essential part of the Dragon A400, it is part of what makes the machine the best tube cutter in the market. The Bend-Tech Software has been in use by over 27,000 fabricators. For 20 years the Bend-Tech Software has had a fully staffed software development team making improvements to create the best tube design software on the market. Every Dragon comes standard with the powerful Bend-Tech Software.



Import Your 3D Parts or Design from Scratch

Import 3D CAD designs or create them from scratch with the Bend-Tech Dragon CAD. The Dragon CAD imports STEP & IGES files that are supported by most CAD software; such as Solidworks, Tekla, SDS2, AutoCAD, ProEngineer, and more. Once imported, the Dragon CAD will trace all of your CAD geometry and convert it into a CAM ready file. This process normalizes along the cut path for a weld ready part. The CAM ready file is read by the Dragon A400 for CNC production.


Full Machine Control

The Dragon software gives full control of the Dragon machine to the operator. The operator is able to move all axes, control speed, and start or stop the job when needed. The G-Code viewer is available to see each action in detail. With the click of a button, homing the machine is easy. The control panel includes an Emergency Stop button for safety.

For more information about the Bend-Tech Dragon Software and its compatibility with your production process, contact the Bend-Tech sales staff.

Phone: 651-257-8715
Email: sales@bend-tech.com


Excellence in Customer Support

The Bend-Tech Dragon Customer Support department is an in-house team that persists in helping the Dragon customer until the problem is resolved. The Bend-Tech Dragon A400 is fully supported. For many companies, contacting the support staff can take time, be frustrating, and slow down your shop’s production.. When you call Bend-Tech support, a Dragon Technician will answer during our hours of operation. The Bend-Tech support staff is made up of thoroughly trained Dragon Technicians that focus on minimizing any down time in your shop’s production. Our customer support is available over the phone and via email during the regular business hours of 8 AM to 4 PM (CST) Monday through Friday. If your Dragon needs in-person help, contact Bend-Tech to schedule and purchase an in-person shop visit from a Dragon Technician.


Available Add-Ons

Hyertherm Powermax Plasma System

The level of Powermax system required varies based on multiple factors involving the materials being cut. To best decide what level of Powermax system is required, talk to a Bend-Tech Sales Person.


Material Coolant System

The material coolant system increases cut quality, reduces slag amount, and decreases fumes from the plasma cutting. For companies that cut aluminum, stainless steel, or tubing with a small OD such as 1”, it is highly recommended that you include a material coolant system in your purchase.


Angle/Channel Motorized Gate

The angle/channel motorized gate add-on provides the A400 the ability to accurately cut any part out of angle and channel profile material while still cutting round, square, and rectangle material profiles. The angle/channel motorized gate is an add-on option and is not standard on the Dragon A400.


Technology Package

The Technology Package includes: an enclosed metal workstation cabinet on wheels that comes with a PC with SITE License, computer monitor, keyboard, corner radius gauges (for square/rectangle tube), level, hex wrenches, digital caliper, extra caliper, extra proximity sensor, extra connector cable, spare belt drive, and a feeler gauge.


On-Site Training

On-site Training includes two total days of training with a Bend-Tech Dragon technician working on-location with the machine operator(s). Their training covers downloading software and machine drivers, designing parts in the software, importing step files, software/machine/material settings, homing the machine, running projects on the machine, loading the machine, and general maintenance.



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