Hurco Combines CNC Machine with 3D Printer
James D. Sawyer
IMTS 2014 will see the debut of a new technology from Hurco Companies Inc. (Indianapolis) that combines 3D printing and CNC milling.
The adapter allows Hurco machine tools to conduct 3D plastic printing directly on the machine tool without the need for a separate 3D printer. Hurco is working on further development of the adapter to include other additive manufacturing processes.
Hurco also will introduce its next-generation control technology at the Chicago trade show.
"We designed an additive manufacturing adapter that, in combination with proprietary Hurco control software, effectively turns a CNC milling machine into a 3D printer," said Gregory Volovic, Hurco president. “With this new additive manufacturing capability, users may go from print to plastic prototype to finished metal part on one machine without repeated setups and without multiple prototyping utilizing costly metals and raw material."
The company has filed a patent application for the technology claiming it includes "a variety of novel features of our 3D printing technology” Volovic added. “Our control technology will provide our customers speed and ease of use in performing CNC-based, 3D printing and prototyping.”
IMTS 2014 runs September 8–13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Published Date : 8/13/2014