MC Machinery Systems Inc., Wood Dale, IL, owned by Mitsubishi Corp., is partnering with machine tool builder Matsuura Machinery Corp., Fukui City, Japan, to introduce a 3D hybrid milling machine to the North American market (Canada and the US).
The Lumex Avance-25 is a metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine that to date has been sold in the die and mould industry in Japan and Asia. Matsuura says it is the only machine in the world that relies on one-machine, one-process manufacturing of complex moulds and parts by fusing metal laser sintering technology wiht high speed milling technology.
Nick Giannotte, VP, EDM/Milling/Waterjet for MC Machinery says the partnership between the two companies makes sense becauuse of MC Machinery’s focus on EDM technology. “The mould makers know us and know our people, and we’re excited to be able to offer them this innovative new technology. We have an experienced dealer network, many of whom boast 40 per cent market share in their regions. They have relationships with the markets, not to mention the more than 10,000 person-strong customer base we have at MC Machinery.”
Sales expansion won’t be limited to mould and die; MC Machinery and Matsuura are also aiming at the aircraft industry, in which lightweight parts will add fuel efficiency, and the medical industry, which requires custom-made bones and implants. The machine will serve medical, automotive, aerospace, tool/die, and job shop industries.
Technical centres located in Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Toronto, ON and New Jersey are equipped with demo facilities and staff to serve the North American market.