3D-Hybrid offers a range of technologies for existing CNC metal-cutting machines.
3D-Hybrid offers a range of technologies for existing CNC metal-cutting machines.

3D-Hybrid offers a range of technologies for existing CNC metal-cutting machines that could simplify metal additive manufacturing (AM).

The tools could lower the cost of metal AM, increase speed, and offer new capabilities like multi-material parts, according to the company.

3D-Hybrid says that it makes use of directed energy methods based on electrical, optical, and kinetic energy to provide wire-arc AM, laser metal deposition, and cold spray technology.

The wire-arc tool, utilizes dip-transfer technology and proprietary methods for hybrid manufacturing while the arc tool offers the most economical AM approach and a more effective option to alloys that are reflective to laser wavelengths, the company says. The laser tool enables a wide variety of feedstock options from wire to blending powder materials for gradient and custom alloy generation. Lastly, the cold spray tool can 3D print alloys with high thermal conductivity.
‘Our commitment to solving complex manufacturing problems with advanced AM methods has led us to revolutionize and integrate AM technologies to any CNC machine,’ said Karl Hranka, founder of 3D-Hybrid.

This story uses material from 3D-Hybrid, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.