Webinar: How Should Additive Manufacturing and Machining Work Together?

Register for the free webinar November 30 at 2 p.m. EST by the Consortium for Advanced Hybrid Manufacturing—Integrating Technologies (CAM-IT).


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Seen here is one example of a hybrid machine tool performing both AM and CNC machining. The CAM-IT roadmap covers machines such as this, as well as processes in which the additive and subtractive operations are separate but nevertheless coordinated. Photo courtesy DMG MORI.

Metal additive manufacturing systems can deliver short lead times and affordable low-volume production, as well as customization and geometric complexity that other processes can’t realistically achieve. What metal AM generally cannot deliver—at least not on its own—is tight dimensional tolerances and fine finishes. Additional processing is needed. Frequently that processing is machining. But as a team of industry-led researchers focused on metal AM points out, there is so far no well-established system for integrating AM and secondary processing such as machining, heat treatment and surface finishing. Their group, the Consortium for Advanced Hybrid Manufacturing—Integrating Technologies (CAM-IT), is working on a technology roadmap for realizing manufacturing processes effectively bring together additive and subtractive manufacturing.

Three CAM-IT researchers will host a free webinar to discuss AM and its corresponding need for machining. The presenters include Dr. Brett Conner of Youngstown State University, Dr. Guha Manogharan of Penn State University and Dr. Richard Wysk of North Carolina State University. Their presentation will cover:

  • The current state of metal additive manufacturing.
  • The challenges of metal AM and the need for secondary processing.
  • Integration of traditional manufacturing with metal AM.
  • Software and hardware solution pathways, and the current state of the CAM-IT roadmap.

The webinar will take place November 30 at 2 p.m. EST, with time included at the end for live response to audience questions. Register for this free online presentation.


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