The time for CNC to be a spectator to the developments in Additive Manufacturing is past.
Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies is dedicated to combining complementary technologies including CNC milling, Additive Manufacturing (popularly known as 3D printing) and in-process part inspection.
For the last decade, the CNC world has largely been an idle spectator to the advancements in Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems for metals. Compared to CNC machined components, most metal parts produced in layers (by AM) have inferior production rates and sub-standard surface finish, often requiring post-machining. Furthermore, the cost of metal AM systems can be difficult to justify, even for high performance components.
To end this historic "feud" between additive and subtractive technologies, hybrid machine tools, equipped for both CNC and AM, enable the use of both technologies in optimal proportions as needed.