Address the Skilled Labor Gap & Achieve Lights-out Manufacturing with LUMEX

It’s 2023 and time to conquer the skilled labor gap. Achieve lights out manufacturing, improve time to market, eliminate outsourcing expenses, reduce costs, and minimize EDM/Polishing with Matsuura’s LUMEX Technology.

Matsuura’s LUMEX Technology is redefining the manufacturing processes. The LUMEX series manufactures parts at near net shape, 3D objects with complex interior structures and creates components with hollows, 3D meshes and free-form surfaces. In addition, deep ribs, impossible to machine with machining centers, can be produced without using EDMs. This advanced technology is gaining attention not only in the die and mold industry but also in the aircraft and medical industries.

Metal laser sintering using a laser beam to melt powder and high-speed high-precision machining using end mills. These processes are repeated to produce the designed shape in one process on a single machine. Matsuura’s hybrid technologies achieve machining accuracy and surface finish comparable to machining centers, surpassing the capability of conventional metal 3D printers.

Matsuura’s LUMEX Technology can:

  • Improve time to market
  • Eliminate outsourcing expenses
  • Address the skilled labor gap
  • Use materials more efficiently for significant cost savings
  • Reduce or Eliminate EDM and Polishing
  • Build tooling in-house
  • Decrease Mold Manufacturing Times
  • Cut Cycle Times on high volume plastic injection parts
  • Achieve True Lights Out Manufacturing

The Matuura LUMEX was the first machine to combine the two jobs of forming and milling in a single unit. As a result, design and processing times that previously took two weeks to one month can be shortened by a third and costs can be reduced by up to half.

With multiple customer case studies, all showing 25% to 45% reductions in cycle time reductions, the Matsuura LUMEX Technology is transformative in the industry.

Matsuura’s LUMEX Technology relies on one-machine, one-process manufacturing of complex molds and parts by fusing metal laser sintering technology with high speed milling technology. The Hybrid technology creates a “finished” part with machined surface finish and accuracy, without inducing the additional variation caused by multiple machine set-ups and part handling.

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, is a lights-out manufacturing system and provides significant time savings in the production of mold components.

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Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc., located in St. Paul, MN is the U.S. subsidiary of Matsuura Machinery Corporation in Japan. Since 1935, Matsuura has been the forerunner in designing innovative technology and manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries around the globe. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. delivers unmatched excellence in 5-axis, vertical, horizontal, linear motor, multi-tasking CNC machine tools and machines with a powder bed metal AM platform with machining capability. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. provides the service, applications and technical field support that have always been the Matsuura standard for business. For more information on Matsuura LUMEX products, contact: [email protected] or visit: HERE.