Matsuura's Lumex Avance 25 laser sintering/milling hybrid printer is here.
The company has struck a deal allowing Mitsubishi subsidiary MC Machinery Systems to exclusively distribute the 3D printers in North America.
The machine has traditionally been used exclusively in the die and mold industry, but Matsuura is looking to expand its application into the aircraft and medical markets as well.
The company expects a large demand for the machine in the aircraft industry because of its ability to create lightweight parts that maximize fuel efficiency and the medical industry because it can print custom made artificial bones and implants.
The goal is to sell 10 of the machines in North America in 2014.
The Lumex Avance 25 binds layers of metal powder using a laser, just like traditional laser sintering printers. However, it also mills partially finished parts for complex geometries considered impossible using traditional methods.
Matsuura claims the process can shorten lead times and reduce manufacturing by half to two thirds of conventional methods.
- Travel area (x,y,z axes): 260 mm X 260 mm X 100 mm
- Maximum workpiece size: 250 mm X 250 mm
- Feed rate: 60/ 60/ 30 (m/min)
- Laser type: Yb fiber laser
- Oscillator output range: 40 – 400 (W)
- Spindle speed: 45,000 (min-1)
- Tool storage capacity: 20