St. Paul, MN (February, 2018) —— Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. announces the Grand Opening of the Matsuura LUMEX Laboratory and demonstration facility within the existing corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN, March 22-23, 2018.
The Matsuura LUMEX Center of Excellence is complete with the installation of four Matsuura LUMEX Avance machines: three Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 and one Matsuura LUMEX Avance-60. Additional Matsuura LUMEX Avance machine installations are scheduled for 2018.
The St. Paul, MN facility joins the three other Matsuura LUMEX Centers of Excellence locations in Japan, Germany and the UK.
The Matsuura LUMEX Series, manufactured for more than ten years, is now offered in North America with sales and technical support provided by Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc.
The Matsuura LUMEX Series is a powder bed metal AM (Additive Manufacturing) platform with machining capability. The Matsuura LUMEX Series combines selective laser sintering (SLS) along with high speed milling (HSM) commonly called Hybrid AM.
Matsuura’s unique combination of technology platforms enables the production of parts and molds in a method that has never been possible nor imagined.
“Matsuura’s cutting-edge technology is a transformative in today’s world of 3D Metal Additive Manufacturing. With our combination of best-in-class CNC Milling and high speed Direct Laser Melting, Matsuura has fundamentally revolutionized the AM marketplace,” said Tom Houle, Director, LUMEX, NA, Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc.
“Often referred to as a “one machine, one process” cutting solution, the Matsuura LUMEX Series permits production of the most complex and challenging parts and molds through total manufacturing by digital engineering using 3D data,” Houle said.
“This process produces remarkable accuracy as metal powders are melted and sintered via laser while surfaces are precisely milled at high speeds. The Matsuura LUMEX Series possesses both high-speed milling plus laser sintering capability. Engineers are free to conceive innovative ideas and revolutionizing conventional manufacturing,” Houle added.
“The use of AM technology and hybrid AM, requires the part/mold designer to re-evaluate all past practices especially as they relate to utilizing creative geometries, such as hollow structures, that were not possible before. Variable density material properties help with weight reduction and in injection mold design for gas venting inserts,” Houle explained.
Also see the Matsuura LUMEX Series at the following events in 2018:
- AMUG 2018 featuring MATSUURA LUMEX: St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, MO, April 8 – 12, 2018
- Rapid + tct 2018 featuring MATSUURA LUMEX: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, April 23-26, 2018
- AMERIMOLD 2018 featuring MATSUURA LUMEX: Novi, MI, June 13-14, 2018
- IMTS 2018 featuring MATSUURA USA: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, September 10-15, 2018
- FABTECH 2018 featuring MATSUURA LUMEX: Atlanta, GA, November 6-8, 2018
The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine relies on one-machine, one-process manufacturing of complex molds and parts by fusing metal laser sintering (3D SLS) technology with high speed milling technology. The machine enables production of complicated parts and molds through total manufacturing by digital engineering, using 3D data.
The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 is capable of processing parts and molds up to 256 mm x 256 mm x 185 mm with an option allowing processing of 256 mm × 256 mm × 300 mm. The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 serves predominantly the high value, high accuracy mold and die market. Dies and molds with very complex geometries can be fabricated in one piece with high accuracy, shortening lead time and reducing manufacturing costs to a half or even a third of conventional methods.
The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 achieves the highest accuracy in part fabrication since metal powders are melted and sintered via laser, while surfaces are precisely milled at high speeds. 3D cooling channels can be incorporated into molds in the single setup, thereby increasing cooling efficiency and enabling high-cycle injection molding with better than ever quality and precision, reducing costs and improving efficiency.
Differentiated original parts and mold production with internal structures, thus far considered impossible, are achievable on the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25. The Matsuura LUMEX metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine is capable of quick turn production of custom parts and molds, whether prototypes or small production run parts and molds.
“Rising interest in the Matsuura LUMEX products from aerospace and automobile industries searching for a machine capable of creating larger, high value-added parts prompted Matsuura to develop the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-60,” Houle explained.
The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-60 can process parts and molds up to 600 mm x 600 mm x 500 mm. The machine is also outfitted with a high power 1kW fiber laser that significantly reduces sintering time.
The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-60 provides an increased speed of powder distribution to the table top surface along with a fully integrated automatic powder supply, collection and recycle system. Metal powder materials are distributed automatically into the sintering chamber without operator contact, eliminating powder dispersion in the work area and preserving a safe environment. Unused powder is automatically collected, sieved and recycled.
“Learn more about the Matsuura LUMEX Series and engage your imagination in what you can achieve,” Houle said.
Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc., located in St. Paul, MN is the U.S. subsidiary of Matsuura Machinery Corporation in Japan. Since 1935, Matsuura has been the forerunner in designing innovative technology and manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries around the globe. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. delivers unmatched excellence in 5-axis, vertical, horizontal, linear motor, multi-tasking CNC machine tools and machines with a powder bed metal AM platform with machining capability. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. provides the service, applications and technical field support that have always been the Matsuura standard for business. For more information on Matsuura LUMEX products, contact: MatsuuraLUMEX@MatsuuraUSA.com or visit: matsuurausa.com.