In addition to the new VX-660 vertical machining center and tried-and-tested 5-axis vertical machining centers in the form of the four-pallet MX-520 and ten-pallet MX-330, Matsuura is also exhibiting the latest generation of the LUMEX Avance-25 hybrid additive manufacturing plant in Hannover.
Compared to what was previously the smallest model in the VX series, the VX-1000, the new VX-660 is much more compact, with a footprint 17 percent smaller in total. The new VX-660 is equipped with a high-performance spindle, servo tuning and chip management, has been designed to machine parts weighing up to a maximum of 500 kilograms and also features a tool magazine that holds 30 tools.
Matsuura customers have frequently asked for a multi-pallet magazine for the popular 5-axis vertical machining centers in the MX series. This demand has now been met, following the launch of the MX-330 with a pallet magazine that holds up to 10 pallets and changes made to the proven MX-520, which is now available with a 4-pallet magazine and a 90 tool capacity. At EMO Hannover 2017, Matsuura engineers are also promoting additional upgrades, such as an increase in the capacity of the spiral chip conveyor, the new design of the work enclosure, the new iHMI NC control unit and the increased torque of 187 newton meters on the 12,000 spindle.
The fifth generation of the LUMEX Avance-25 hybrid additive manufacturing plant is on show in Hannover alongside the MX-330 and MX-520 to show that the laser sintering machine has changed outside and in, with a whole host of optimized features. For example, the new LUMEX Avance-25 now has a stronger laser with a maximum output of 1,000 Watts and improved machining strategies such as selective powder extraction upstream of milling, which is designed to enable a time saving of around 50 percent.