Hybrid Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities for Additive and Traditional Manufacturing
There has been a constant growth in both material processing capability and applications of additive manufacturing (AM). In fact, the US continues to lead the world in having the most number of industrial grade AM systems installed. Given the growing attention around AM, traditional manufacturing companies have been trying to identify the value and viability of using AM in their existing processing and product portfolios.
While AM provides several advantages such as reducing or eliminating the need for special fixtures and tooling, part consolidation and ability to process superalloys; there are still some major challenges. Traditional manufacturing methods such as machining and heat treatment offer superior part accuracy, surface finish and in many cases better mechanical properties, but they are challenged with machinability of many superalloys, and the need for expensive tooling for these materials.
A NIST AM Tech funded planning grant, "Consortium for Advanced Hybrid Manufacturing - Integrating Technologies (CAM-IT)" led by Youngstown State University and North Carolina State University has set out to develop a consortium of interested stakeholders in hybrid metal AM processing and in order to develop a comprehensive technology roadmap. Based on outcome of CAM-IT's kick-off workshop held in Youngstown, OH (November 2015), subsequent workshops are planned to address the key thrust areas of the roadmap.
Of interest to our Manufacturing and Design division, System Integration and Material Property Enhancement are the focus topics of the next workshop scheduled on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Raleigh, NC.
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