5/2/2018

Multitasking CNC Combines Additive and Subtractive Machining

Originally titled 'Laser CNC Combines Additive and Subtractive Machining'
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Okuma’s MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking CNC machine combines laser additive technology with subtractive machining capabilities, implementing laser metal deposition (LMD) technology with the ability to cut unique parts of many different sizes and shapes.

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Okuma’s MU-8000V Laser EX combines laser additive technology with subtractive machining capabilities. This multitasking CNC machine implements laser metal deposition (LMD) technology with the ability to cut unique parts of many different sizes and shapes.

LMD supplies powder from nozzles and performs laser melting and bonding to the parent material. This allows for various types of materials to be combined and layered, in addition to the possibility of three-dimensional fabrication and cladding. Parts can also be repaired and inspected throughout production, and a variable control of laser spot diameters (diameter of 0.4 to 8.5 mm) are said to increase efficiency and resolution.

By implementing laser metal deposition (LMD) instead of laser metal fusion (LMF), the Laser EX offers mid-process part inspection and material exchange, coolant use in work envelope, faster process than powder bed fusion and three-dimensional fabricating.

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