Chicago – Make plans to attend the IMTS 2014 Conferences to learn about Combining Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing in Manufacture and Repair.
DATE: Wednesday, September 10 from 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM ROOM: W-192A
SPEAKER: Brett Hopkins, Manager, Delcam Professional Services Group
Much has been made of the potential for additive manufacturing to replace more traditional manufacturing methods. However, for many applications, additive manufacturing is unable to generate components with the required accuracy or consistency. In many cases, additive manufacturing can only produce a near-net shape, similar to the traditional casting and forging processes. These components will then require a finishing subtractive operation to produce the final part. Delcam has developed a range of adaptive machining processes for the finish machining of near-net parts, such as forgings and castings, to produce a series of identical parts from a set of similar, but not identical, near-net shapes. This paper will show how this adaptive approach can be applied to components produced by additive manufacturing. Particular attention will be given to a new hybrid machine that combines laser welding and machining in a single unit and that can be used for the manufacture and repair of high-value components such as turbine blades.
The educational and informative conferences run Sept. 8-11, 2014 in the West Building, Level 1. To register for this or any session, visit www.imts.com/education/imtsconference.html.