Thousands Witness Unveiling of DMG MORI Exhibition Space

More than 8,900 visitors gathered at DMG MORI's campus in Iga, Japan July 22-25 for the unveiling of a remodeled solution center that, according to the company, is one of the world's largest machine tool exhibition sites.

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More than 8,900 visitors gathered at DMG MORI's campus in Iga, Japan July 22-25 for the unveiling of a remodeled solution center that, according to the company, is one of the world's largest machine tool exhibition sites.

The IGA Innovation Days 2015 Event showcased 58 machine tool models as well as example applications from industries including automotive, aerospace, construction machinery, medical equipment, die and mold, and energy. One highlight was a live demonstration the world premier Lasertec 4300 3D, a hybrid machine that combines additive and milling/turning capability. According to the company, combining milling/turning operations with its powder nozzle method, in which metal powder and laser are simultaneously injected to generate metal deposits, can be as much as 20 times faster than the powder bed method. This technique is said to be particularly effective for larger workpieces.

In another demonstration of a world premiere machine, the NLX3000 turning machine showcased its ability to match the power of a machining center for heavy-duty cutting of long workpieces. Another notable feature of this machine is a built-in motor turret (BMT) with a maximum rotation speed of 10,000 min-1.

Attendees were also treated to a mockup display of the 919 Hybrid racecar from Porsche, which DMG MORI supports as an exclusive premium partner. On Wednesday, July 22, attendees were treated to a presentation from Brendon Hartley, a driver for the Porsche racing team that recently won a victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans event in June. Hartley signed autographs after discussing topics including what the race was like behind the scenes, features of the 919 hybrid and his ambitions for the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji.

Throughout the four-day event, the company also hosted technology seminars on automation, five-axis machining, topics specific to the automotive and aerospace industries, and a look ahead at future technology.