The MU-8000V LASER EX from Okuma America Corp. enhances production by combining the latest 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 an infinitely variable control of laser spot diameters (0.4 to 8.5 mm) increase efficiency and resolution.
By implementing laser metal deposition (LMD) instead of laser metal fusion (LMF), Okuma’s MU-8000V LASER EX offers these advantages:
- Mid-process part inspection and material exchange
- Coolant use in work envelope
- Faster process than powder bed fusion
- Three-dimensional fabricating
Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
Fluid that reduces temperature buildup at the tool/workpiece interface during machining. Normally takes the form of a liquid such as soluble or chemical mixtures (semisynthetic, synthetic) but can be pressurized air or other gas. Because of water’s ability to absorb great quantities of heat, it is widely used as a coolant and vehicle for various cutting compounds, with the water-to-compound ratio varying with the machining task. See cutting fluid; semisynthetic cutting fluid; soluble-oil cutting fluid; synthetic cutting fluid.
- lapping compound( powder)
lapping compound( powder)
Light, abrasive material used for finishing a surface.
- work envelope
Cube, sphere, cylinder or other physical space within which the cutting tool is capable of reaching.