IAMA Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies wins inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award
United States/ Europe – Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies' innovation combines CNC and additive technologies. The hybrid kit can be integrated into any CNC machine for metal deposition (via laser cladding), finishing and inspection of parts on a single machine.
After considering a slate of leading-edge innovations in additive manufacturing from top global users and system suppliers, the jury for the inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) has selected Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies of the United Kingdom and Plano, Texas, as its winning submission. The award was presented on 6 March 2015, during a reception at the MFG (Manufacturing for Growth) Meeting in Orlando, FL, US.
Hybrid Manufacturing’s submission is a hybrid kit innovation that can be integrated into any CNC machine to allow for metal deposition (via laser cladding), finishing and inspection of parts on a single machine. The hybrid methodology integrates directed energy deposition into multiaxis CNC machine, using a tool changer to change between processes.
“Hybrid technology is exciting because it offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing – as an upgrade to a CNC machine tool. Adding tool-changeable deposition heads to an existing CNC machine enables 3D printing of metal, without the need to buy a separate machine,” said Jason Jones, coo-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies. “This significantly reduces costs and provides an intuitive adoption path for CNC operators. The combination of additive with machining offers new capabilities, including in-process finishing, that cannot be delivered by either technology independently.”