AMBIT tool changeable cladding head.
Hybrid Manufacturing Technologie's innovative AMBIT tool changeable laser cladding head has been named an inaugural winner of the 2015 International Additive Manufacturing Award.
Acknowledged by an expert judging panel, the technology was highlighted as a premiere example of advancement in additive processes and applications. Celebrating its technological innovation, wider benefits for the environment and society, cost effectiveness and viability in real industrial applications, Hybrid is set to take home the largest prize ever awarded in a 3D printing competition.
“Hybrid technology is exciting because it offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing – as an upgrade to a CNC machine tool. Adding AMBIT tool changeable deposition heads to an existing CNC machine enables 3D printing of metal, without the need to buy a separate machine,” explained Dr. Jason Jones, CoFounder 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 AMBIT multi-task system is an award winning patent pending series of heads and docking systems which allows virtually any CNC machine to conveniently change between non-traditional processing heads in seconds.
Jones added: “As a team, we are very excited to win the inaugural IAMA. We are grateful for the exposure it brings to hybrid processing generally, and specifically to the seven years of foundational innovations that we have led in this area. We express our thanks to all those who contributed to the award.”
The International Additive Manufacturing Award is jointly sponsored by the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and The German Machine Tool Builders' Association (VDW).
The award, valued at $100,000 will be presented on 6 March during an evening reception at the MFG Meeting in in Orlando, FL, USA.