The widespread outsourcing of large machine castings led a collaborative team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to tackle the machine tool supply chain. The first step? 3D print the largest cast component.
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Additive manufacturing offers powerful capabilities alone, but even more opportunities are opened when AM is combined with subtractive processes.
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.
Hybrid manufacturing is enabling tooling to be made with additive processes.
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.
At this point, we are still learning how to combine the two to optimize hybrid manufacturing.
Overseas business models and applications of metal additive manufacturing promise to improve or invent functionalities integrated into molds and tools.
Large-scale additive manufacturing platform is the largest 3D printer yet simulated. Watch video for example of how simulation using program G-code catches an error that would otherwise lead to a failed build.
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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.
Rapid 2019: CGTech’s Vericut version 8.2 CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes.
Rapid 2019: Thermwood’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system uses both 3D printing and machining to produce a near-net-shape product.
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.
Edgecam 2019 R1 introduces an additive manufacturing module along with 30 other enhancements.
Custom Mold and Design (CMD) and Matsuura USA will collaborate in applying Matsuura’s Lumex technology for the mold industry.
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.
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An investment in a hybrid metal 3D printer is enabling moldmaker GW Plastics to produce better-performing molds with conformal cooling.
The dissolvable metal implants could help eliminate the need for second surgeries, reducing risks, costs and suffering for patients.
The modular solution is optimized for scalability, repeatable high-quality parts, high throughput and low total cost of operation.
The large-format metal 3D printer's hermetically sealed build chamber supports hybrid manufacturing with reactive materials.
IMTS 2018: The Automatic Tool Change (ATC) Solution for hybrid manufacturing equips a machine tool with a high-deposition wire arc 3D printing head.
Shop air should be out of reach, but flood coolant is a friend, he says. The real challenge of hybrid machines right now is not safety procedures but software.
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.
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The addition of a wire-arc additive manufacturing tool integrates 3D printing into a double-column machining center.
Hermle integrated its MPA technology, a process where metal powder is applied by kinetic compacting to build completely sealed materials, in a Hermle five-axis machining center to create parts with highly complex inner geometries.
The company’s H-series Additive and Hybrid systems take inspiration from machining centers to unlock the potential of filament-based 3D printing.
Dr. Jason Jones of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies will present lessons learned from the application of "ambidextrous" additive and subtractive systems at the 2018 Additive Manufacturing Conference.
Autodesk’s PowerMill 2019 CAM software includes developments that are designed to enhance existing functionality for high-efficiency machining and deposition.
Along with launching a new line of hybrid machines, the world’s largest EDM manufacturer is tailoring one of its models specifically for postprocessing additive parts.