Hybrid Manufacturing

Thermwood 3D Prints Large Boat Hull Pattern

Thermwood’s large-scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) technology enabled the fabrication of a 3,000-lb plug for a boat hull mold. The project illustrates how 3D printing could help reduce fabrication costs for marine composites. 

Vericut Version 8.2.1 Includes Enhancements for Additive Manufacturing

The CNC machine simulation and optimization software from CGTech has added support for additive material deposition. 

Okuma Introduces MU-8000V Laser EX Multitasking CNC Machine

The hybrid multitasking machine tool combines traditional CNC machining with laser metal deposition capabilities. 

CGTech Partners with 3D-Hybrid Solutions

3D-Hybrid Solutions customers will be able to use Vericut software to simulate machine tools equipped with metal additive manufacturing capability.

Product Removal Module Is a Multitasking Machine Tool Tailored to AM

An automatic bandsaw removes the parts and a milling cycle refurbishes the plate for the next build.

Schaeffler and DMG MORI Develop Hybrid Process to Manufacture Rolling Bearing Components

The companies are developing production processes using a Lasertec 65 3D hybrid machine tool. 

Sodick, Materialise NV Combine Hybrid AM, Design Optimization

The two companies have formed a partnership combining Sodick’s manufacturing experience and technology with Materialise NV’s software to promote additive manufacturing.

Spatial Corp., ModuleWorks Develop AM Workflow Software Components

The SDKs integrate libraries from both companies into CAD/CAM applications with the goal of accelerating workflow development.

Foundry Says Robotic Sand Printing a “Game Changer” for Metal Casting

The Hazleton Casting Company augments its traditional foundry operations with additive manufacturing. A new sand 3D printing system is expanding options for the foundry’s customers in areas including legacy tooling, product development and design complexity.

Using Hybrid AM, GE Leverages Turbine Blade Repair into Efficiency Improvement

An engineering modification that would have been impractical or cost-prohibitive in the past is realized on a machine tool performing metal 3D printing and machining in the same cycle.

Techniplas Opens Additive Manufacturing Center

The facility brings together generative design, lightweighting technology and 3D printing to deliver lighter, stronger parts and cognitive assemblies.

Additive Manufacturing at EMO 2017

Here are some of the AM technologies Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski saw at the world’s largest metalworking show.