Matsuura debuts hybrid metal 3D printing and milling machine to North American market
LUMEX Avance-25 combines laser sintering and high-speed milling for mold and die, aerospace and medical industries.Comments Off on Matsuura debuts hybrid metal 3D printing and milling machine to North American market
Matsuura Machinery Corporation announced that its LUMEX Avance-25 Metal Laser Sintering Hybrid Milling Machine has entered the North American market (U.S. and Canada) starting January 1. Sold through a distribution agreement with Mitsubishi, the hybrid machine is the result of five years of R&D and is the only machine to offer a one-machine process for complex molds and parts.
Like other laser sintering machines, the LUMEX Avance-25 binds thin layers of metal powder using a laser. However, during the additive manufacturing process, the machine also mills partially finished parts to provide higher accuracy as well as complex geometry that isn’t possible using traditional methods (e.g. mono-block, intricate internal structures, 3D mesh).
The machine accommodates a maximum workpiece size of 250 x 250 x 180mm, a feed rate of 60/60/30 m/min and a maximum spindle speed of 45,000 min-1. With a price tag of just under US$846,000, the company says it hopes to sell 10 in its first year on the North American market.