Jason Jones PhD, Co-founder & CEO, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies
Since its commercial debut in 2013, the advent of hybrid machine tools with integrated directed energy deposition (Additive Manufacturing) has been heralded as a “game changer” and the “premiere innovation of AM.” Now four years on, hybrid manufacturing enables easy adoption of additive by mainstream CNC users and provides in-process finishing of metal AM parts. Perhaps most importantly, it encourages high volume material deposition rates in AM without compromising surface finish or accuracy.
This presentation will highlight the latest in hybrid processing including new innovations built on foundational learning from first generation hybrid machines. Further to the successful integration of directed energy deposition for metal, the next generation of hybrid machines also enables on-demand deployment of other additive techniques including polymer extrusion and direct-write material extrusion. This new colocation of technologies is made practical for the first time through fully automated multi-head (multi-technology) changeover and promises a wider scope of multi-functionality that ever before. In addition to demonstrating interoperability between different types of Additive Manufacturing, new in-situ inspection techniques will also be discussed.