Okuma introduces the new MU-8000V Laser EX, additive technology, super multitasking CNC machine

Next-generation, super multitasking CNC machine, combines traditional machining with laser metal deposition capabilities.

Okuma has introduced the MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking CNC machine, combining the latest laser additive technology with subtractive manufacturing capabilities. It’s the ultimate process-intensive machine that enables complete part production on one machine.

The MU-8000V Laser EX revolutionises production by implementing 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 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 8.5mm) 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

Additional Laser EX series products will be introduced to the market in the future and will feature:

• Laser hardening – designed to work on carbon steel material. Heating by laser emission, with hardening by self-cooling. Case hardening is possible. Less warpage than with high-frequency or flame hardening
• Process-intensive turn hardening and grinding – cutting and grinding is completed on a single CNC machine with no setup change. Uniform-width turn hardening using a high-output, stable laser. Case hardening on cylindrical surface with no uneven hardening and little warping
• Resin mould repairs – all operations, from crack removal to finishing, on a single machine. Accommodates hard-to-cut and high-hardness materials

For more information contact F & H Machine Tools on TEL: 011 397 4050 or visit www.fhmt.co.za