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LUMEX Avance-25 machine combines additive, subtractive processes


Methods Machine Tools Inc.

Japanese machine tool builder Matsuura Machinery Inc. has introduced a machine designed for moldmakers that combines subtractive and additive processes: metalcutting and laser sintering.

The LUMEX Avance-25 is the first such machine to combine laser-based metal sintering and 3-axis, high-speed machining, the company claims. John Schwartz, CMTSE for Matsuura Machinery, said the machine—though not yet available for sale in the U.S.—has already received a great deal of interest. “Everyone from government agencies to Fortune 50 manufacturers are looking at the LUMEX.”

There are a wide variety of applications for this hybrid machine—artificial bone and dental implants, aerospace and defense work, rapid-prototyping for crime-scene investigation, even one-stop molds for tennis-shoe manufacturers.