St. Paul, MN (February 3, 2020) — Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. announces Thomas A. Houle, Director, LUMEX NA for Matsuura USA was selected as a featured presenter at the 2020 RAPID + TCT Conference in the Anaheim Convention Center.

Houle’s presentation, ‘Employing Metal Additive to Supercharge your Injection Mold Tooling’ will be on April 22 from 2:45 – 3:10 PM at the conference.

Using real-life case studies, Houle will focus on the unique opportunities that Hybrid Metal AM can provide for Injection Molders, Injection Moldmakers and OEM’s to realize cost-savings and add significant value to the Injection Molding process. Houle will highlight how simulation tools can be utilized to predict cost-savings to justify the addition of this technology into the manufacturing operation.

“The RAPID + TCT conference features the brightest minds in additive manufacturing. Attendees will discover how to utilize 3D technologies to revolutionize your product design, reduce time to market, cut costs, eliminate tooling, produce stronger and lighter parts, and more,” said a RAPID + TCT Spokesperson.

Matsuura USA will exhibit the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine at the event in Booth #1231.

“Matsuura is excited to showcase our ‘one-machine, one-process’ manufacturing solution,” at RAPID + TCT, where industry-accelerating products are presented,” said Houle.

The Avance-25 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.  

The Avance-25 achieves the highest accuracy in part fabrication since metal powders are melted and sintered via laser, while surfaces are precisely milled at high speeds.

3D cooling channels can be incorporated into molds in the single setup, thereby increasing cooling efficiency and enabling high-cycle injection molding with high quality and precision, reducing costs, and improving efficiency.

The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 enables differentiated original parts production with internal structures, in a method that has never been possible nor imagined. It is capable of quick-turn production of custom parts, including prototypes and small production run parts.

The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 can process parts and molds up to 256 mm x 256 mm x 185 mm with an option allowing processing of 256 mm × 256 mm × 300 mm. The Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 serves predominantly the high value, high accuracy mold and die market. Dies and molds with very complex geometries can be fabricated in one piece with high accuracy, shortening lead time and reducing manufacturing costs to a half or even a third of conventional methods.

Additional opportunities to observe the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 include: AMERIMOLD, June 10-11 in Booth #531 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI; and at IMTS, September 14-19, 2020 in the South Hall, Booth 338148 at McCormick Place.

Appointments may also be made at Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc.’s LUMEX Additive Manufacturing Facility in St. Paul, MN. Located in the company’s 38,000-square-foot headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, the facility houses LUMEX Avance-25 and LUMEX Avance-60 machines available for demonstration.

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.