‘Disrupting’ the market with a hybrid production centre
ETMM: What kind of technologies used today do you think this type of production method could replace?
Lell: For us, there are three main areas of application. First of all, the production of workpieces featuring complex 3D geometries and undercuts in small to medium-sized batches. Second, repair work. And third, the deposition of wear-resistant coatings. Combining the flexibility offered by additive technologies with the productivity, accuracy and surface qualities of 5-axis milling adds value to manufacturing processes. Manufacturers of integral components or other lightweight components as well as repair shops for turbine or tool and die components will benefit from this technology.
ETMM: This is your company’s first move into additive manufacturing. Was the decision driven by expectations that this technology will be disruptive?
Hyatt: We saw technologies that we could integrate into our machines that we thought would be absolutely compelling for our customers.