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Getting Started with Hybrid CNC and Additive Printing: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners

The world of manufacturing has witnessed a revolution since the advent of cutting-edge technologies like CNC and additive manufacturing. These technologies combine the precision of CNC machining with the advantages of additive manufacturing, leading to a powerful approach known as Hybrid Manufacturing. This blog is a comprehensive guide for beginners for getting started with Hybrid Manufacturing. 

 Understanding Hybrid Additive Manufacturing:

Hybrid Manufacturing is a versatile approach that combines CNC machining and additive manufacturing in a single machine. It leverages the advantages of both subtractive (CNC) and additive manufacturing methods, resulting in the cost reduction, enhanced production, and accuracy. This technology is particularly valuable in fields like Metal Additive Manufacturing, where intricate metal components are produced with exceptional precision.

Applications of Hybrid CNC and Additive Printing:

 1. Aerospace Industry: 

Ensures the production of lightweight yet robust parts that meet stringent industry standards with high precision and reliability.

 2. Automotive Sector:

Facilitates customization and design complexity which are crucial for prototyping and producing intricate parts.

 3. Medical Devices: 

Customized medical implants, dental prosthetics, and orthopedic devices benefit from this technology, enabling precise, patient-specific designs.

 4. Defence: 

Enables the production of lightweight, high-strength components with intricate geometries, enhancing the performance and efficiency of military equipment.

 5. Mining: 

Facilitates the creation of durable, customized components for heavy machinery, improving wear resistance and extending equipment lifespan.

6. Tool & Die: 

Facilitates the production of complex molds with intricate features, optimizing performance and reducing lead times.

 Starting with Hybrid CNC and Additive Printing:

 1. Acquire the Right Equipment: 

Invest in high-performance CNC Machines equipped with additive manufacturing to ensure precision and reliability. 

 2. Design and Software:

Start creating 3D models using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. Software tools like Fusion 360, MasterCAM’s APlus, or Siemens NX are commonly used for this purpose.

 3. Material Selection:

 Depending on your application, select the appropriate metals for your additive manufacturing process. 

4. Safety Measures: 

Ensure that you have the necessary safety gear, follow safety guidelines, and provide adequate training to your team like the 2-week onsite training program provided by Phillips Commercial.

 5. Calibration and Testing:

Regularly calibrate your equipment to maintain precision. Test and refine your processes to optimize your production workflow.

Benefits of Hybrid Manufacturing: 

  • Produces high-density parts with good resolution
  • Clean working environment; avoids clean-up issues of excess metal powder
  • Almost 100% of the wire is used during the printing process, whereas with powder typically 50% – 90%
  • Metal wire material is readily available and lower cost than equivalent metal powder
  • Using a laser with wire provides higher part resolution capability than arc welding
  • Reduces the potential problems of high temperatures creating part distortion when arc welding
  • Avoids excess soot and residue inside the machine when arc welding
  • Laser-safe glass provides much better part visibility for the operator than arc 􀋢ash shading needed for wire-arc.

Phillips Corp offers a remarkable opportunity for beginners and seasoned professionals to venture into the world of advanced manufacturing. Whether you plan to explore additive manufacturing or start an additive manufacturing business, this technology opens up a world of possibilities. 

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