Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, Ltd. Wins First-Ever International Additive Manufacturing Award

Winning innovation combines CNC and additive technologies.

After considering a slate of leading-edge innovations in additive manufacturing from top global users and system suppliers, the jury for the inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) has selected Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd., of the United Kingdom and Plano, Texas, as its winning submission. The award will be presented on March 6th during a reception at The MFG Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Hybrid Manufacturing’s submission is a hybrid kit innovation that can be integrated into any CNC machine to allow for metal deposition (via laser cladding), finishing and inspection of parts on a single machine. The hybrid methodology integrates directed energy deposition into multi-axis CNC machine, using a tool changer to change between processes.

 “Hybrid technology is exciting because it offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing – as an upgrade to a CNC machine tool.  Adding tool-changeable deposition heads to an existing CNC machine enables 3D printing of metal, without the need to buy a separate machine,” says Dr. Jason Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies. “This significantly reduces costs and provides an intuitive adoption path for CNC operators. The combination of additive with machining offers new capabilities, including in-process finishing, that cannot be delivered by either technology independently.”

The IAMA is the result of a partnership between AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and VDW-Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). AMT and VDW, with media support from Gardner Business Media and VDI Nachrichten and sponsored by the European Machine Tool Association CECIMO, announced the annual IAMA at IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014.

“The winning submission from Hybrid Manufacturing is a perfect nod to where we foresee the industry’s future: an integration of ‘subtractive’ CNC machining with the evolving capabilities of additive,” says Douglas K. Woods, AMT President.   

Along with the award, Hybrid Manufacturing Ltd. will also receive a $20,000 USD cash prize and a media package valued at $80,000 USD to promote their winning hybrid kit innovation. 

Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, VDW Executive Director says, "The IAMA celebrates the pioneers and high-achievers in the additive field and helps foster a creative dialogue and build a solid international network.”  The IAMA jury included international leaders from industry, academia, military, media and trade associations. 

In February 2016, the second award trophy will be presented at METAV, the International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies, in Dusseldorf, Germany.