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Matsuura's LUMEX Series CNC Milling & High-Speed Direct Laser Melting

March 5, 2019

The Matsuura LUMEX Technology has completely disrupted the part design paradigm. Instead of starting from a block or some other traditional geometric shape, the designer now begins with a blank page to ‘grow’ their designs for lightest weight, sleekest design, and most efficient use of material.

The use of the term, “sintering” is a generic description of the process that most Metal AM machines use. The technology utilized in the Matsuura LUMEX series is more accurately described as Powder Bed Fusion with “selective laser melting.” For the Hybrid technology, this machine configuration provides the most benefits and allows the user to capitalize on the unique features that can be created with the Matsuura LUMEX Hybrid.

The Matsuura LUMEX technology complements the milling process by utilizing Powder Bed Fusion. This technol-ogy provides excellent stability and repeat-ability, which allows the machine to know where in the coordinate system the build is taking place and maintain the overall accuracy of the completed part.

The ability to "grow" a metal component in layers with complex internal features and fine mill those internal features, as the layers are added, to give a perfect surface finish are what makes the LUMEX Series such a distinctive, unique and remarkable production platform and machine tool.

Custom Mold & Design (CMD) is an industry leader for designing and building high-precision, fast cycling molds, machine components, and fixtures. We invest in the latest and most cutting-edge equipment to preserve our high-quality and precision.

Located in Forest Lake, MN, CMD most recently acquired the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 Metal Laser Sintering Hybrid Milling Machine and now maintains the ability to leverage AM’s on-demand manufacturing competencies and expanding flexibility with the Matsuura LUMEX technology.

With CMD’s sustained performance of manufacturing molds since its foundation in 1965, their designers are extremely proficient with a dedicated interest in their customers’ needs. With the addition of the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25, molds with complex geometries can now be fabricated in one piece with high accuracy, shortening lead time and reducing manufacturing costs by as much as a third over conven-tional machining technology.