St. Paul, MN (May 10, 2018) —Tom Houle, Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. LUMEX Director, recently presented to ‘GATE’ and ‘Design and Make’ students at Stillwater Middle School to share how additive manufacturing is used in industry.

“It is my hope that I reach the students, provide exciting concepts about the industry, nurture their curiosity and most importantly, inspire their pursuit of manufacturing.  I fervently believe students entering the workforce will need to be conversant in all forms of technology and have a hands-on approach to this technology,” said Houle.

The GATE program at Stillwater Middle School provides students with a highly challenging instructional program with the goal to meet the academic and social needs of highly gifted learners. These learners are children whose academic abilities indicate the need for in-depth, complex and rigorous curriculum and instruction.

Design and Make is an open-ended engineering and computer science course for 8th grade students. Students create projects based on interests in additive and subtractive manufacturing along with develop software for microcontrollers and mobile apps.

“Tom with Matsuura USA helped students develop an understanding how important it is to create complex products efficiently through both additive and subtractive manufacturing.  Students were exposed to part molds that were created by Matsuura that eliminated complex and intricate assembly through additive part development,”  said Christopher Fahey, Classroom Teacher, Integration and Technology at Stillwater Middle School.

Houle shared details about Matsuura’s cutting-edge technology, the Matsuura LUMEX Series. The Matsuura LUMEX Series is a powder bed metal AM platform with subtractive capability.  The Matsuura LUMEX Series combines selective laser sintering (SLS) along with high speed milling (HSM) commonly called Hybrid AM.

 “It is very exciting to contribute to educating tomorrow’s generation about the future and careers available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We invite the students to visit our new Matsuura USA Additive Manufacturing Facility in St. Paul to see our machines in action,” said Houle.

The Matsuura LUMEX Series, a powder bed metal AM platform with subtractive capability.  The Matsuura LUMEX Series combines selective laser sintering (SLS) along with high speed milling (HSM) commonly called Hybrid AM.

“Matsuura’s cutting-edge technology is a transformative in today’s world of 3D Metal Additive Manufacturing.  With our combination of best-in-class CNC Milling and high speed Direct Laser Melting, Matsuura has fundamentally revolutionized the AM marketplace,” Houle added.

Matsuura’s unique combination of technology platforms enables the production of parts and component geometries in a method that has never been possible nor imagined.

“This process produces remarkable accuracy as metal powders are melted and sintered via laser while surfaces are precisely milled at high speeds. The Matsuura LUMEX Series possesses both high-speed milling plus laser sintering capability. Engineers are free to conceive innovative ideas and revolutionizing conventional manufacturing,” Houle added.

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: