Dragon A150 - CNC Machine for the Growing Business

The Dragon A150 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 A150. The machine marks clear bending instructions such as bend location, rotation, and degrees on the tube. Hard-working fabricators are used to long shop hours to get the project done, the Dragon A150 pushes each project ahead with automated tube processing. For a growing business that fabricates with tube and pipe, the Dragon A150 is the crucial first step into automation.

Starting at: $15,900

How to Purchase

Automation to Meet Demand

“I have produced hundreds and hundreds of cages and thousands of just single parts. The production rate is 40x faster than what we were doing before. I was also able to get rid of several other tools that the Dragon A150 made obsolete in my shop.” - Joey Gilbert, Gilbert Automotive

Over 200 Growing Businesses Finding Success

"This machine is a game changer for a ton of small fab shops. It allows us to implement our ideas at a faster rate and yet be affordable simultaneously. Huge thanks to Bend-Tech for creating this beast. Buying this machine is by far one of the best investments I’ve made as a small business owner/operator.” - Moses Guillen, Brick City Fabrication

Cutting Edge Plasma

The Dragon A150 runs a mechanized plasma torch. Plasma is a fast and accurate method of cutting that does not have the high cost of a laser.. Plasma can cut through any electrically conductive metal. The plasma torch requires AC power supply and compressed air.

A plasma unit can be purchased through Bend-Tech or bought separately. Bend-Tech recommends the use of a mechanized Hypertherm Powermax system. A salesperson can help determine which Powermax unit is best for your cutting needs.


A150 Material Capabilities

types of material the bend-tech a150 supports
Material Types
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Black Pipe
  • Chrome Alloy
  • Any type of electrically conductive metal

material sizes the bend-tech a150 supports
Material Sizing
  • Round: 0.75” (25.4mm) - 3” (76.2mm)

material lengths the bend-tech a150 supports
Material Length
  • The Dragon A150 handles 12 ft. (3.65m) 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 the bend-tech a150 supports
Material Weight
  • Maximum capacity of 150 lbs (68kg)

material thickness the bend-tech a150 supports
Material Thickness
  • 1/32” (0.79mm) - 5/8" (15.8mm)


A150 Material Loading Process

Front gate of a150 to secure tubes
Gate

The three jaw gate securely centers round tube for accurate cutting. The front gate locks in position, allowing the operator to run multiple sticks of the same size material without having to readjust the gate. This provides a quick and easy loading process.


a150 chuck for easy loading
Chuck

The chuck has three self-centering jaws to hold round profile tubing. The chuck has a pass-through hole that allows round tubing up to 2” OD to pass-through for material longer than 12’.



Automatic Toolhead

The Bend-Tech Dragon A150 Toolhead comes with a plasma torch mount, permanent marker with mount, an engraver with mount, and laser light with mount. The automated Toolhead marks, engraves, and plasma cuts seamlessly at the push of a button. The laser light provides accurate calibration and alignment of the material during the loading process with the machine.

a150 automatic tool changer

a150 automatic tool changer marker
Mark

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


a150 automatic tool changer engraver
Engrave

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


a150 automatic tool changer cutter
Cut

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


a150 automatic tool changer align
Align

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



Increase Output with CNC

The four axes of movement cut any part made out of round tube. Complete automation makes your parts faster and more accurately. The Dragon A150 is a four axes machine driven by brushless DC electric motors. American-made motors are ideal because they provide fast and accurate movement powerful enough to handle a 150 lb tube. The four axes provide accurate cuts within a tolerance of +/- 0.010 (0.254mm).

the A150 is a full automation 4 Axis machine

A & Z Axes

A chain and cable system moves the Toolhead from side to side (Z-axis) and up and down (A-axis).


X-Axis

A chain and cable system that moves the material along its length. The rapid travel between cuts reaches 400 inches per minute.


Y-Axis

A chain driven gear system that rotates the material. Accurate control of the Y-axis means consistently good quality cuts.



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 easy to learn software has over 27,000 fabricator users. 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. The Bend-Tech Dragon comes with an easy to learn design software for any business looking to automate their tube processing.

bend-tech tube cutting and bending software

Import Your 3D Parts or Design from Scratch
Intuitive CAD for Fabricators

The Bend-Tech Software was created 20 years ago to make the design process easier and more practical for tube and pipe fabricators. Now over 27,000 fabricators use the software to design and get accurate measurements for their parts. This powerful and easy to use software comes standard on all Dragon machines. This software can also import designs from common CAD programs like Solidworks, Tekla, SDS2, AutoCAD, ProEngineer, and more.


Dragon software gives full control of the Dragon machine to the operator
Full Machine Control

The Dragon software is an automated CAM/CNC product that understands tubing. Exclusive to Dragon machines, this software automatically creates your part’s cutting, marking, and engraving paths. The Bend-Tech Dragon CAD converts parts on the same stock tube. The software comes with a comprehensive nesting feature to maximize the parts cut from each piece of material.


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 A150 Add-Ons

Dragon A150 Add-Ons are optional features so that every customer may purchase a machine to best fit their needs. If you have questions about which add-ons best fit your business, contact our sales staff so they can learn about your business and make appropriate suggestions.

Hypertherm Powermax Plasma System
Hyertherm Powermax Plasma System

The Dragon requires a mechanized plasma torch. The level of Powermax system required varies based on multiple factors of what type of tube will typically be cut. To best decide what level of Powermax system is required, talk to a Bend-Tech Sales Person.


a150 material coolant system to keep your metal cool
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.


On-site Training includes two total days of training with a Bend-Tech Dragon technicians
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). The Dragon Technician looks over the install and setup of the machine and troubleshoot any problems with the initial setup. Next, 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. This package includes all expenses.



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