Machines Feature Automation, Hybrid Capabilities and More

Matsuura USA showcases eight machines at IMTS 2018. Several of them are on display for the first time at the show.


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Matsuura USA occupies a 5,000 ft2 region in South Hall, Booth 338148, at IMTS 2018. Matsuura features the new MX-330 five-axis vertical machining center with 10 pallets and 90 tools, the tough and robust VX-660 vertical machining center and the new MX-520 five-axis vertical machining center with four pallets and 90 tools.

In addition, the company exhibits the H.Plus-400 machining center with PC12. According to the company, the H.Plus series delivers long periods of reliable, unmanned operation, high accuracy and efficient production.

Matsuura pairs the LF-160 linear motor machine with a robotic system to showcase the machine’s high-speed, high-precision and high-accuracy capabilities. Matsuura developed the LF-160 for ultra-precision machining dies, molds and optical parts with a focus on small workpiece processing and unmanned operation. The LF-160’s spindle achieves minimized dynamic runout and high resolution.

Matsuura also is exhibiting the Matsuura Lumex Avance-25. The Matsuura Lumex Avance-25 metal laser-sintering, hybrid milling machine is a powder-bed metal additive manufacturing platform with subtractive machining capability. The Matsuura Lumex Avance-25 combines selective laser sintering with high speed milling.

The series’ Avance-25 relies on one-machine, one-process manufacturing of complex molds and parts by fusing metal laser sintering technology with high-speed milling technology. The Hybrid technology creates a “finished” part with a machined surface finish and with accuracy, without inducing the additional variation caused by multiple machine set-ups and part handling. The machine enables production of complex parts through total manufacturing by digital engineering using 3D data.

The Matsuura Lumex Avance-25 achieves high accuracy in part fabrication because the metal powders are melted and sintered with a laser, while the surfaces are precisely milled at high speeds. Matsuura says that moldmakers can incorporate 3D cooling channels into molds in the single setup, thereby increasing cooling efficiency and enabling high-cycle injection molding with improved quality and precision.