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Matsuura Machinery United States and Purdue University are collaborating to advance a new approach to integrated additive and subtractive manufacturing for multi-materials called convergent manufacturing.

“Our critical partnership recognizes a tremendous opportunity for collaboration to assist North American customers in their assessment, investigation and analysis of metallic AM – and in particular the Matsuura LUMEX Series Avance-25 machines,” said Tom Houle, Director, Matsuura LUMEX North America.

“With the combined expertise of Matsuura, the North American metal 3D printing and high-speed milling expert, and Purdue University, a leading public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest universities and ranked in each of the past four years as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Universities in the United States by US News & World Report, we will meet today’s challenges and tomorrow,” adds Houle.

Manufacturing has been at the heart of mechanical engineering at Purdue since the 1800s. Today, researchers study all aspects of manufacturing and materials processing, from automotive and aerospace to electronics and to medical applications.

“Purdue mechanical engineering students have always been makers – from the first steam engine ‘boilermakers’ to today’s 3D printing. Convergent manufacturing is the future of this industry, and this partnership with Matsuura shows that Purdue is committed to being at the forefront of convergent manufacturing research,” says Eckhard A. Groll, Ph.D., William E. and Florence E. Perry Mechanical Engineering Leads and Reilly Professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering.

“Our partnership with Matsuura USA is strategic in driving innovations in convergent manufacturing as we converge an array of processes onto a single platform to enable breakthroughs in manufacturing science and engineering,” said Michael P. Sealy , Ph.D., Associate Professor, Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering.

According to Dr. Sealy, a team from Purdue University and Matsuura USA is the best of hybrid additive manufacturing talent to push the boundaries of the discipline and benefit our collaborators in Indiana and the United States in general with applications for biomedical, defense, space, dies and tooling, automotive and other sectors.

“Purdue Engineering has a long tradition of leading manufacturing research with a deep and broad base of talent and capability. The partnership between our Convergent Manufacturing Research Institute (C-MRI) and Matsuura will accelerate the pace of convergent manufacturing exploration and the pace of technology translation,” said Professor Wayne Chen, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Reilly Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Materials Engineering.

As a result of this partnership, Purdue University will host two world-class hybrid additive manufacturing cluster tools for reactive and non-reactive materials for industries, national labs and universities.

“At Purdue, we are embarking on a path to advance Industry 4.0 and look beyond to solve the world’s big problems and create new opportunities. This invites a philosophy of convergence, including in manufacturing, called convergent manufacturing, and such partnerships are invaluable in enabling this grand goal,” says Professor Ajay Malshe, Ph.D., R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson , eminent professor of mechanics. engineering, Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering

Research institutions increasingly tend to implement programs that promote convergence – the integration of knowledge and ways of thinking from multiple fields to address complex challenges and find new and innovative solutions.

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