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Matsuura USA Announces Partnership with Custom Mold and Design

Custom Mold and Design (CMD) and Matsuura USA are collaborating in applying the Matsuura LUMEX technology for the mold industry. "CMD will also offer contract Matsuura LUMEX production on the company's LUMEX Avance-25 Metal Laser Sintering Hybrid Milling Machine, a powder bed metal AM platform with subtractive machining capability," said a Matsuura spokesperson.

CMD designs and builds high-precision, fast cycling molds, machine components and fixtures. The company serves a range of industries including medical, aerospace, consumer products and electronics. CMD offers a single source for molds, maintenance, fixturing and machined component needs.

The Matsuura LUMEX series, referred to as a "one machine, one process" system, permits production of complex and challenging parts through total manufacturing by digital engineering using 3-D data. The process provides accurate parts from metal powders that are melted and sintered using a laser while surfaces are precisely milled at high speeds. These machines possess both high-speed milling and laser sintering capability.

"Matsuura's combination of additive and subtractive technologies will enable CMD to produce parts and component geometries in a method that has never been possible, nor imagined," said the Matsuura spokesperson.

"Matsuura's cutting-edge technology is transformative in today's world of 3-D metal AM. With Matsuura's combination of best-in-class CNC milling and high-speed direct laser melting, Matsuura has fundamentally revolutionized the AM marketplace," Tom Houle, Director, LUMEX NA for Matsuura USA said.

"With CMD's sustained performance of manufacturing molds since its foundation in 1965, its designers are extremely proficient with a dedicated interest in their customers' needs. With the addition of the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25, molds with complex geometries can now be fabricated in one piece with high accuracy, shortening lead time and reducing manufacturing costs by as much as a third over conventional machining technology," Houle added.

3-D cooling channels can be incorporated into molds on the Matsuura Avance-25 in the single set-up, thereby increasing cooling efficiency and enabling high-cycle injection molding with better quality and precision, reducing costs and improving efficiency.

"With the Matsuura LUMEX machine, CMD is now capable of leveraging AM's on-demand manufacturing competencies and expanding flexibility, thereby producing higher quality mold," Houle said.

CMD also purchased a Matsuura MX-850 5-axis vertical machining center (VMC), a solution for large and complex machining tasks.

"The MX-850 brings raw cutting power and Matsuura 5-axis high speed finesse to within reach of every company. From aluminum to hard to cut materials, the MX-850 manages sizable and multifaceted machining tasks," said David Hudson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Matsuura Machinery USA.

"Developed in response to market demand for a large capacity, high quality, yet cost effective single table Matsuura 5-axis machining platform, the MX-850 is compactly built, yet ensures high rigidity and a sufficient machining area and workability," Hudson added.

For more information contact:

Matsuura Machinery USA

325 Randolph Ave., Ste. 100

St. Paul, MN 55102

800-518-4584 / 651-289-9700

Custom Mold and Design

22455 Everton Avenue North

Forest Lake, MN 55025


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