MC Machinery Systems, the Wood Dale, Illinois-based supplier of EDM machines, machining centers, press brakes, and laser and waterjet machines, has announced a partnership with Matsuura Machinery Corp. to introduce Matsuura’s Lumex Avance-25 additive manufacturing machine to the North American marketplace. The Lumex Avance-25 is a hybrid machine that not only builds parts through laser sintering, but also uses a milling spindle to perform precise CNC machining of the additively produced part within the same cycle.
MC Machinery Systems, wholly owned by Mitsubishi Corp., is well established in EDM machine sales to moldmakers. The company says this is why the partnership makes sense. Matsuura’s laser sintering hybrid machine was developed for making mold tooling, and it has been sold specifically in the die and mold industry in Japan and Asia.
“The moldmakers know us and know our people, and we’re excited to be able to offer them this innovative new technology,” says Nick Giannotte, MC Machinery VP for EDM, milling and waterjet.
Other applications present opportunities as well, the company says. MC Machinery and Matsuura see the machine also as a solution for medical implant production, and for enabling lighter-weight aircraft components. “All told, this machine will serve medical, automotive, aerospace, tool/die, and job shop industries,” a statement from the company says.