Molds imprinted on the LUMEX rise up out of the machine completely tooled, completed and prepared for generation.
It’s anything but difficult to get occupied at RAPID. Especially this year.
This cycle of SME’s yearly added substance fabricating meeting, which occurred for the current week in Detroit, was a smarm of movement, bloated to close record levels and gagged with 3-D printing clients, fans and merchants, all touting new advancements, new applications and new developments over the business.
The showroom floor and its monstrous showcase of these advancements was a flat out surge of rep-rap new companies producing splendid plastic models and big-time metal printers promising smooth, last part creation. Robocop arrived, alongside life-sized Avatar character prints and an entire showcase of printed ensemble pieces from Legacy Effects.
It was an enormous, glamorous show filled the overflow with astounding, captivating things all competing for consideration.
However, notwithstanding the greater part of that – in spite of the majority of the 3-D printed autos and Hollywood impacts, regardless of the monster, odd workmanship objects and strangely molded show models – the one thing that appeared to produce the greatest group and the most consideration all week was what truly seemed, by all accounts, to be an absolutely typical CNC machine tucked into the back corner of the appear.
Obviously it wasn’t generally so typical.
Released just this year, MC Machinery Systems’ LUMEX Avance-25 is the first-to-market machine to combine 3-D printing with high speed milling in the same build chamber.
Watching the machine run is mesmerizing. It switches as effortlessly between additive laser heads and machine tools as you would expect from any modern CNC, laser up new layers of titanium from the powder bed, then grinding them into perfection, layer by perfect layer. The end products came out shined, polished and tooled to perfect specs. Some manufacturing geeks lost whole days of the show staring inside, watching the magic unfold.
There’s a good reason this tool caused such a stir. The release of the LUMEX has made MC Machinery and its parent company, Mitsubishi, the star of a whole new industry that is just dripping with promise: Hybrid manufacturing.