Multitasking Machine Combines Grinding, Additive

ELB-Schliff offers a hybrid version of its continuous-dress creep-feed MillGrind machine equipped with Ambit laser cladding from Hybrid Manufacturing Technology.

ELB-Schliff offers a hybrid version of its continuous-dress creep-feed MillGrind machine equipped with Ambit laser cladding from Hybrid Manufacturing Technology. Designed particularly for aerospace applications, the hybrid machine integrates surface and profile grinding with additive manufacturing and milling capability. According to developers, the multitasking machine boosts flexibility by reducing the number of setups needed to produce finished parts, saving time and money. The machine also enables achieving precision-ground surface finishes in-process on parts made via additive manufacturing.

The MillGrind runs conventional corundum abrasives with superabrasive capability and has an XYZ resolution of 0.1 micron (0.0001 mm). Change-over between both grinding wheels and dressing tools can be done within seconds. In addition, the 8,000-rpm spindle can be automatically loaded with milling cutters for drilling, tapping and other milling operations as needed.