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Breaking Barriers Between Additive and Mainstream Manufacturing with Hybrid

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Additive manufacturing (AM) has held the spotlight like no other manufacturing technology. While collectively AM is unprecedented, too often the capabilities of the entire landscape of AM are portrayed as embodied by a single printer. The “halo effect” around AM capabilities has diminished attention on the undergirding developments and enabling technologies borrowed into AM. The stand-alone architecture embraced for prototyping has furthered the perception of its independence from other types of manufacturing and stifles its progress. This presentation elucidates preceding technologies that facilitated AM and highlights how hybridization is bridging additive toward mainstream manufacturing. The crosscutting contributions from laser and CNC control developments that were foundational to 3D printing are examined.  This historical precedent underscores the need to break down the walls that now isolate additive techniques from mainstream manufacturing and segregate them from one another. Hybridization is now happening across multiple platforms including printers, CNCs and robots., Listeners will learn how to select the optimal platform for their application between multi-machine manufacturing cells or all-in-one hybrid machine architectures. Additionally, recent developments in sensing and inspection that enable increased flexibly will be discussed. All these trends converge to facilitate product creation with unparalleled multi-functionality and will be illustrated.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the hybrid landscape including different types of systems available
  • Learn how to select the optimal platform for their application between multi-machine manufacturing cells or all-in-one hybrid machine architectures
  • Understand some of the underlying technology contributions to AM and how the trend for AM development sets the stage for hybrid development to help you know when to adopt