Matsuura Launches Metal Additive Manufacturing Production Services
Edited by AM Staff
Matsuura, a North American provider of metal 3D printing and high-speed milling, is offering quick-turn prototyping for producing a wide range of parts, including unique functional prototypes and low- to mid-volume production runs.
“Matsuura’s Metal Additive Manufacturing Service Bureau is now providing the production of 3D metal printed and machined parts,” says Tom Houle, director at Lumex NA for Matsuura USA.
With Matsuura’s metal 3D printing, the production of high-volume mold components with conformal cooling and integrated porous venting will minimize the need for traditional EDM processes and provide significant savings to the production of molded plastic components, the company says. Customers can lower capital equipment investments for tooling and molding machines while reducing mold cavitation requirements and accelerating return on investment.
“Products and shapes previously impossible to manufacture — including ultra-deep ribs, 3D mesh, hollows, free-form surfaces, and porous structures — can now be produced using the Lumex Technology,” Houle added.
Matsuura established the Additive Manufacturing Center to promote the use of metal 3D printed parts as a solution to continuing supply chain challenges and delays. “Our team’s insight into the process and the technology, will assist in modification of your traditional designs into suitable 3D metal printing,” Houle added.
The company says Matsuura’s Lumex Avance-25 and Avance-60 machines minimize mold assembly, create superior mold performance, reduce lead time and perform high-precision machining without EDM. With Matsuura, building mold components with conformal cooling and porous venting will provide significant savings to the production of molded plastic components.
“Metal 3d printing can benefit tooling, injection molding, CNC machining, and die casting processes and operations,” Houle says. The team works with customers throughout the entire 3D printing process, including through the design, to enable customers to fully realize the benefits throughout the life of their products.
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