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3D-Hybrid to show new ATC automatic tool change solution at IMTS

The tool debuts on a Takumi machining system

3D-Hybrid, on of the very first providers of third-party metal 3D printing tools that can be installed on any CNC machine, revealed their new Automatic Tool Change (ATC) Solution for systematic 3D hybrid manufacturing. The tool makes its debut with Takumi USA’s H12 double column machining center. 3D Hybrid offers a wide range of solutions for different metal deposition AM processes.

This new, very large, complete 3D Hybrid machining center will be on display at IMTS in Chicago in Takumi USA’s booth. The hybridized machine boasts X,Y, and Z travels of 53”x 37”x 23” or about 26 cubic feet of printing and finish machining volume. With nearly 100 feet per minute travel speed, and 3D-Hybrid’s high deposition rate wire-arc tool, this machine will be one of the fastest 3D hybrid machining centers.

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Transition from additive to machined part is automated with 3D Hybrid’s ATC

At IMTS, 3D-Hybrid will demonstrate the automatic tool change solution in accordance with the strengths of the Takumi H12, a high speed, high precision machining center with an extremely rigid and thermally stable double-column design. The focus of the demonstrations will be on tooling, die & mold industry, and also the large scale metal additive capability.

The project was made possible by a collaboration involving 3D-Hybrid along with Fibreform Precision, Takumi USA, Autodesk Powermill, GW Schultz, Robovent and Regofix Tooling.

3D Hybrid Manufacturing is an industry-recognized term for consolidating a 3D printing or additive manufacturing capability with subtractive or CNC machining capability. The paired value of the joined forces brings new capabilities, such as machined internal features and complete processing in one work offset.

3D Printing brings its inherent values such as increased freedom of complexity, lower costs in material and processing time, as well as novel materials.  Hybrid manufacturing brings on an additional capability, repair and salvage of large parts. Large metal parts bring large capital costs. The ability to repair and fill in worn-out surfaces with material stronger than the original, followed with final machining can save customers from downtime and extreme costs.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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