AVRG presents hybrid manufacturing at Machineering 2019!

Driven by our own research in smart structures, a hybrid manufacturing platform based on two Direct Energy Deposition machines combined with subtractive processes are built in-house at the department of Mechanical Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Those machines should produce high precision metallic parts with integrated sensing. By presenting the beyond the state-of-the-art in hybrid manufacturing, we show how we think to manufacture the parts of the future with integrated structural health monitoring. Being both an end user for additive manufactured parts, as well as getting into the role of the machine tool builder, we obtained a unique insight in the current capabilities and limitations of additive and hybrid manufacturing. What kind of machine do we need to produce those parts of the future, and is current technology ready for this? Will Additive Manufacturing 2.0 be Hybrid Manufacturing?