Additive manufacturing

Hurco applies for US patent for hybrid 3D printing-CNC machining technology

| Editor: Eric Culp

A future addition to Hurco trade fair exhibits could be a hybrid machine tool for additive manufacturing and milling.
A future addition to Hurco trade fair exhibits could be a hybrid machine tool for additive manufacturing and milling. (Source: Hurco)

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.

Both DMG Mori and Hermle have recently introduced hybrid machine tools that offer both additive and milling technologies.

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.

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