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11/8/2018

Machining Center Combines 5 Axis Milling with Laser AM

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With so much happening in a busy show year between NPE2018, Amerimold 2018 and IMTS 2018, MoldMaking Technology is revisiting some of the technology that was on display. In case you missed it: At IMTS 2018, Okuma America Corp.’s MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking machine combined five-axis machining with a Trumpf laser.

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Okuma America Corp.’s MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking machine combines 5 axis machining with a Trumpf laser, providing both additive and subtractive manufacturing capabilities. It enables complete part production on one machine.

The machine implements laser metal deposition (LMD) technology to provide users with the ability to cut parts of different sizes and shapes. LMD supplies powder from nozzles and performs laser melting and bonding to parent material. This enables the combination of various types of materials, as well as three-dimensional fabrication and cladding. Variable control of laser spot diameters (from 0.4 to 8.5 mm) increases efficiency and resolution, according to the company. This combination of features enables mid-process part inspection and material exchange, coolant use in the work envelope and greater process speed.

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