The development follows two recent introductions of machine tools with capabilities for both additive manufacturing and milling operations.
Hurco has announced that the company recently filed a U.S. patent application for a new technology that combines 3D printing and CNC machining.
Gregory Volovic, president of Hurco, said: “We designed an additive manufacturing adapter that, in combination with proprietary Hurco control software, effectively turns a CNC milling machine into a 3D printer.”
The company said this additive manufacturing technology permits Hurco machine tools to achieve 3D printing directly on the machine tool without the need for a separate 3D printer. Hurco is working on expanding its invention to include other additive manufacturing processes.
Volovic said, “Hurco has a long history of inventing technology that allows our customers to be more productive and profitable. This is yet another Hurco innovation making advanced technology accessible to a broad range of customers. With this new additive manufacturing capability, users may go from print to plastic prototype to finished metal part on one machine without repeated set-ups and without multiple prototyping utilizing costly metals and raw material.”
He noted that the company’s control technology will provide users speed and ease of use in performing CNC-based, 3D printing and prototyping. Hurco’s next generation control technology is set to debut at the International Machine Tool Show in Chicago later this year, he added.