Optimization of Hybrid Metal Printing Process

  IJETT-book-cover  International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT)          
© 2020 by IJETT Journal
Volume-68 Issue-9
Year of Publication : 2020
Authors : A. J. Wyman, P. G. Ikonomov
DOI :  10.14445/22315381/IJETT-V68I9P207


MLA Style: A. J. Wyman, P. G. Ikonomov  "Optimization of Hybrid Metal Printing Process" International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology 68.9(2020):36-39. 

APA Style:A. J. Wyman, P. G. Ikonomov. Optimization of Hybrid Metal Printing Process  International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology, 68(9),36-39.

This paper presents the optimization of the 3-D Hybrid Metal Printer. This printer, developed at Western Michigan University, offers a hybrid method to create finished functional metal parts using one setup. This 3-D metal printing method integrates an additive and subtractive manufacturing process. It uses a computer numerical controlled machine (CNC) and a method of welding called gas metal arc welding (GMAW). The additive process utilizes GMAW to deposit each layer of metal, then the subtractive process uses the CNC mill to machine the layer. The process is repeated multiple times until the part is complete. This technology has the potential to be brought into areas that do not have the resources readily available to create a part with common manufacturing methods. Optimizing the 3-D Hybrid Metal Printer process includes integrating a realtime scanning system and testing new materials. This scanning system can give instant feedback on the shape and geometry of the part to ensure constant consistency and uniformity throughout the additive and subtractive manufacturing process. With this system, the process and parts can be accurately verified and documented to meet required specifications for structure integrity and tolerances.


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3-D Hybrid Metal Printer, additive manufacturing, subtractive manufacturing, computer numerical controlled machine (CNC), gas metal arc welding (GMAW).