Mitsubishi is introducing a metal forming 3D printer in North America. The LUMEX Avance-25 is a hybrid laser sintering and milling machine developed by Matsuura Industries, and until now has only been available in Asia.
Used in the die and mold industry, the Avance-25 can produce both molds and parts that require additive manufacturing and high-speed milling. It has a build volume of 250 by 250 by 180mm.
The company hopes to deliver 10 of the machines this year. The company said the printer could also be used for aerospace applications and in the medical industry.
According to the company, dies and molds of with complex geometries can be fabricated in one piece with high accuracy, shortening lead time and reducing manufacturing costs to a half or one third of conventional methods. In addition, three-dimensional cooling channels can be incorporated in molds, increasing cooling efficiency and enabling high-cycle injection molding.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.