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

The tool debuts on a Takumi machining system

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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, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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