Phillips Corporation, Hanover, Maryland, USA, has announced a new hybrid Additive Manufacturing machine combining traditional machining with a Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing process. The new Phillips Additive Hybrid integrates subtractive CNC machine tool technology from Haas Automation, headquartered in Oxnard, California, with an AM laser head manufactured by Meltio, based in Linares, Spain, and is said to offer an affordable solution to producing and repairing metal parts.
The hybrid system uses wire-based DED to build or repair a part, with the machine tooling stage enabling components to be finished on a single platform. Meltio’s DED process also enables different materials to be used on the same part for the best design, weight and strength.
“Meltio is proud to welcome Phillips Corporation as a Haas hybrid integration partner,” stated Brian Matthews, Meltio’s Chief Technology & Innovation Officer. “Hybrid manufacturing offers the benefits of both additive and subtractive processes in one machine, providing cost and complexity advantages that have not been accessible before.”
Alan M Phillips, Phillips’ CEO, added, “The commercial and federal industrial supply chains have accelerating interest, applications and demand for 3D printed parts. The Phillips Additive Hybrid solution integrated with the Meltio Engine is an optimal fit for customers seeking to add exceptional capability to their subtractive tools while also entering or expanding upon their Additive Manufacturing capability – all in one machine.”