Hybrid Machine Combines Laser AM with Subtractive Processes

The hybrid multitasking machine tool combines traditional CNC machining with laser metal deposition capabilities. 

The MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking CNC machine from Okuma combines laser additive manufacturing laser additive technology with subtractive manufacturing capabilities to enable complete part production on one machine.

The MU-8000V Laser EX combines laser metal deposition (LMD) technology with the ability to cut parts of many different sizes and shapes. The LMD process suppliers powder from nozzles to melt and bond to parent material, enabling the combination and layering of different materials as well as fabrication and cladding. 

Parts can also be repaired and inspected throughout production, and an infinitely variable control of laser spot diameters (ranging from 0.4 to 8.5 mm) increase efficiency and resolution, Okuma says. LMD also supports coolant use in the work envelope. 

Additional Laser EX series products to be introduced in the future will feature capabilities such as laser hardening for carbon steel material; process-intensive turn hardening and grinding; and the ability to repair resin molds, from crack removal to finishing, on a single machine. 

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