Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Wins First-ever International Additive Manufacturing Award

After considering a slate of leading-edge innovations in additive manufacturing, the jury for the inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) has selected Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd., of the United Kingdom and Plano, Texas, as its winning submission. The award was presented on March 6, 2015, during a reception at The MFG Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Hybrid Manufacturing’s submission is a hybrid kit innovation 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,” said 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.”
The IAMA is the result of a partnership between the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association  (VDW). AMT and VDW, and sponsored by the European Machine Tool Association CECIMO, announced the annual IAMA at IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014.
The IAMA jury included international leaders from industry, academia, military, media and trade associations. It considered innovations from the United States and European Union from varied leaders in the additive field. Along with the award, Hybrid Manufacturing Ltd. will also receive a US$ 20,000  cash prize and a media package valued at US$ 80,000 to promote their winning hybrid kit innovation.
In February 2016, the second award trophy will be presented at METAV, the International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies, in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Source: VDW)

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