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

“The Dragon is like having two or three people who just cope and cut it to length all day. It is exponentially faster than how we used to process. We had used only hand processes and were using a belt notcher to put saddles in our tubing. I wanted to eliminate anything really laborious that I could. That machine essentially does all of that.” - Andy Hobbs, Nashville Fabrication

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

Increase Efficiency and Accuracy with CNC Automation

The best production investment I’ve ever made.
- Mike Workman, Burlington Miscellaneous Metals.

Cutting Edge Plasma

“Albina Co purchased the Dragon A400 and immediately identified how valuable this tool would be. The quality of the machine is exceptional. The quality and the consistency in the cut are outstanding. The operator interface is easy to learn and very user friendly. This piece of equipment has been a great asset to us and our customers allowing us to quickly provide a high-quality part with a quick turnaround. Albina Co is very impressed with the machine and the customer support that Bend-Tech provides.” - KC Lesch

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

types of material the bend-tech a400 supports
Material Types
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Black Pipe
  • Chrome Alloy
  • Any type of electrically conductive metal

material sizes the bend-tech a400 supports
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 lengths the bend-tech a400 supports
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 the bend-tech a400 supports
Material Weight
  • Maximum capacity of 400 lbs (181.4kg)

material thickness the bend-tech a400 supports
Material Thickness
  • 1/32” (0.79mm) - 5/8" (15.8mm)

Different types of applications for bend-tech a400
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

How to load the Dragon a400

Front gate of a400 to secure tubes
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.


a400 chuck for easy loading
Chuck

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


Bend-techs a400 material support lift
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.

a400 automatic tool changer

a400 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.


a400 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.


a400 automatic tool changer cutter
Cut

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


a400 automatic tool changer align
Align

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



Increase Production Output with Full Automation

"It’s so hard for me to express how much time the A400 has saved me in the tube cutting and bending process.”
- Joel Buschmann, Overkill Racing and Chassis


the A400 is a full automation 6 Axis machine

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.

bend-tech tube cutting and bending software

Import Your 3D Parts or Design from Scratch
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.


Dragon software gives full control of the Dragon machine to the operator
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

Hypertherm Powermax Plasma System
Hypertherm 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.


a400 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.


Angle/Channel Motorized Gate
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.


the a400 technology package provides you with everything you need to get started
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 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). 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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