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The economies and production rates that are gained on metal parts produced by additive manufacturing processes can suffer when post-machining is required due to a sub-standard surface finish. That’s where these innovative machine tools come in: they combine additive and subtractive technologies to eliminate secondary operations. Here’s a closer look at how some of the newest systems do it.
The Vertex 55X-H from Mitsui Seiki is ideal for producing super hard materials used in parts and diesel engines, and repair of high-pressure turbine and compressor blades, low pressure blades, blisks/IBRs and impellers for aerospace, power generation, oil and gas applications.
The OPM250L Metal 3D Printer from Sodick can quickly print and mill a variety of high hardness tool steels with a 99.99 percent density.
The new compact VC-500 AM HYBRID Multi-Tasking machine from Mazak combines full 5-axis capability and additive technology to revolutionize product design, reduce time to market and cut research and development costs.
The additive hybrid millGrind machine from Elb-America combines grinding, milling and the option of laser deposition welding in a single machine, saving not only equipment costs, but also valuable setup changing and retooling time.
The SAUER LASERTEC 45 Shape from DMG MORI uses 3D laser ablation to make small integrated parts or achieve defined textures in injection molding tools, and their SAUER LASERTEC 65 3D hybrid machine combines laser deposition welding and 5-axis milling to make highly complex parts in one setup.
Mazak will demonstrate new high-level developments in full digital factory integration, smart technology and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity, and new machining and automation systems that prepare shops for the next industrial revolution.
A LASERTEC 65 3D hybrid is being used to research additive and subtractive manufacturing of gears.
The LASERTEC 65 3D hybrid from DMG MORI is ideal for complete machining of complex components, plus partial or complete coatings for mold making, mechanical and medical engineering.
Ideal for small lot production of difficult-to-cut materials used in aerospace applications, the Integrex i-400AM hybrid multi-tasking machine from Mazak can easily generate/clad near-net-shape component features, then quickly complete them with high-precision finish machining operations.
The LUMEX Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine from MC Machinery Systems can fabricate dies and molds with very complex geometries in one piece with high accuracy, shortening lead time and reducing manufacturing costs.
Competition can be brutal in the aerospace supply chain. To help your shop stay competitive on job bidding, these new machines can hit your bottom line by saving more time and labor, processing ever more complex parts quicker and more accurately – and doing it all with less of that extremely expensive material.
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