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Page 62 of 83 61 September 10-15, 2018 / Chicago, IL VISIT US AT IMTS 2018 IN BOOTH #431564 Machining Center Combines Five-Axis Milling with Laser AM Okuma America Corp.'s MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking machine combines five-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 mate- rial. 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. Okuma America Corp., South, Level 3, Booth 338500 3D Printing With ABS Reduces Part Weight and Production Time A Baker Industries original equipment manufacturer customer was seeking a solution to reduce the weight of a traditionally machined aluminum mill fixture. Customarily, this fixture is used to hold parts in place during the trimming process. However, fixtures that are too heavy can result in component damage. By 3D printing the mill fixture using ABS thermoplastic material instead of machining it from aluminum, Baker Industries was able to reduce the tool's weight by 70 percent, which served to protect the parts that were being trimmed and provide a safer solution for employees handling the tool. In addition to reducing the weight, 3D printing the tool enabled the customer to save time on production. The team was able to print the tool in approximately fifty hours, which saved the customer a week of lead time that the customer normally would have needed to machine the tool. Baker Industries, North, Level 3, Booth 236372

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