MC Machinery Hybrid Machine Combines Laser Sintering with Milling

Originally titled 'Hybrid Machine Combines Laser Sintering with Milling'

Mitsubishi Corp.’s MC Machinery Systems subsidiary has partnered with Matsuura Machinery Corp. to introduce the Lumex Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine to the North American market.

Mitsubishi Corp.’s MC Machinery Systems subsidiary has partnered with Matsuura Machinery Corp. to introduce the Lumex Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine to the North American market.

The machine combines metal laser sintering technology with high-speed milling technology to produce complicated parts using 3D data. Metal powders are melted and sintered via laser, while surfaces are precisely milled at high speeds.

In die and mold applications, very complex geometries can be fabricated in one piece with high accuracy, shortening lead time and reducing manufacturing costs compared to conventional methods, MC Machinery says. In addition, 3D cooling channels can be incorporated into molds in the single setup, increasing cooling efficiency and enabling high-cycle injection molding with improved quality and precision, reducing costs, and improving efficiency.

The Lumex Avance-25 machines have been sold specifically in the die and mold industry in Japan and Asia, but the company says they also are suited for the aircraft, medical, automotive, aerospace, tool/die and job shop industries. They are capable of quick-turn production of custom parts, whether prototypes or small production runs.

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