Hybrid Manufacturing

AM 101: Hybrid Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing offers powerful capabilities alone, but even more opportunities are opened when AM is combined with subtractive processes.

Interlayer Laser Peening Shows Promise for 3D Printed Implants and Beyond

Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln illustrates how applying secondary processes between 3D-printed layers can have a ripple effect on part properties. Dr. Michael Sealy explains the potential for medical implants using Optomec’s LENS platform.

The Cool Parts Show, Episode 1: This Rocket Fuel Injector Is a Solid Part That Contains a Working Motor

Our new video series debuts with a look at a solid metal part made through additive manufacturing that was built with a motor embedded inside. The motor sealed within the part adjusts the rocket’s fuel mixture while the rocket is in flight.

Video: Metal AM Affects Plastics Production via Conformal Cooling

Additive manufacturing allows cooling channels within mold tooling inserts to follow the form of the tool rather than being straight drilled holes. Here’s why this matters.

Additive Manufacturing for Hard Tooling

Hybrid manufacturing is enabling tooling to be made with additive processes.

Mold Builder Learns How to Use Hybrid AM to Build Conformal-Cooled Inserts

It is one thing to understand additive manufacturing technology, but it is another to know when to invest, who to partner with and how to sell its value.

Combining Additive and Subtractive Processes for Hybrid Manufacturing

At this point, we are still learning how to combine the two to optimize hybrid manufacturing.

A European View on AM: Rethinking Injection Molds

Overseas business models and applications of metal additive manufacturing promise to improve or invent functionalities integrated into molds and tools.

Metal 3D Printing in a Machine Shop? Ask the Marines

A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.

CGTech Machine Simulation Software Operates Independently

Rapid 2019: CGTech’s Vericut version 8.2 CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes.

Thermwood Hybrid Machine Produces Near-Net-Shape Parts

Rapid 2019: Thermwood’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system uses both 3D printing and machining to produce a near-net-shape product.

Tahoe Boats Collaborates with Thermwood on 3D Printing for Boat Design

Thermwood assisted the building of Tahoe Boats’ T16 boat design, using its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system to custom print necessary tools and patterns. This is the first time 3D printing has been used on an actual boat production at this scale, according to the company.