Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd, Leicestershire, UK, was announced as the winner of the inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) during a reception at The MFG Meeting in Orlando, USA, March 4-7, 2015. Along with the award, Hybrid Manufacturing will receive a US $20,000 cash prize and a media package valued at US $80,000.
Hybrid Manufacturing developed a system 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 multi-axis 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,” stated Dr Jason Jones, Co-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.”
“As a team, we are very excited to win the inaugural IAMA,” Jones added. “We are grateful for the exposure it brings to hybrid processing generally, and specifically to the seven years of foundational innovations that we have led in this area. We express our thanks to all those who contributed to the award.”
The IAMA is the result of a partnership between AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology and VDW-Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association).
“It was incredibly exciting to see so many dynamic innovations presented from around the world for this award. It speaks highly to the evolution of additive technologies and the realisation of radical productivity improvement for manufacturing,” stated Douglas Woods, AMT President. “The winning submission from Hybrid Manufacturing is a perfect nod to where we foresee the industry’s future: an integration of ‘subtractive’ CNC machining with the evolving capabilities of additive. It’s a perfect combination of existing technologies made better through new and leading-edge innovation.”
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