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Product Focus 66 MoldMaking Technology —— AUGUST 2018 Hybrid Machine Fuses Laser Sintering with Milling Matsuura's Lumex Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine fuses laser sintering with high-speed milling technology. Using 3D data for digital engineering, the machine serves the precision mold and die market. Complex geometries can be fabricated in one piece, shortening lead times and reducing manufacturing costs. Internal geometry can also be incorporated into molds, such as 3D cooling channels that increase cooling efficiency and enable high-cycle injection molding. Matsuura Machinery USA Inc., South, Level 3, Booth 338148 Wire EDM Improves Positional Accuracy Makino's UP6 Heat wire EDM is designed for preci- sion stamping and fine blanking applications. It is also suitable for die tooling for electric motor stators. The machine features a stationary work table designed to improve positional accuracy, and it uses a programmable, rise-and-fall, three- sided work tank that improves ergonomic access to the work zone. This configuration also simpli- fies requirements for automation. Several features are designed to improve long- term thermal stability, including integration of the dielectric fluid reservoir into the base casting of the machine. Chilled dielectric fluid is circulated through the machine's casting to facilitate active thermal cooling and maintain machine temperature. The machine uses a Hyper-i control with a 24" HD touchscreen, which comes with the HyperConnect Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) network-connec- tivity function for remote machine monitoring. A wire-drive system uses AC motor tensioning, which expands the range and stability of wire tension and reduces maintenance requirements. A wire-threading system provides both jet and jet-less threading modes. It can rethread the wire in the gap at a break point. Makino Inc., South, Level 3 Booth 338700 imts.com September 10-15, 2018 / Chicago, IL

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