In 2007, active use of a high speed milling machine was initiated at De Montfort University’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing research laboratory. The cross-pollination of additive and subtractive technologies led to a 4-year UK-based research project named RECLAIM (REmanufacture of high value products using a Combined LAser cladding, Inspection and Machining system) with support from the Technology Strategy Board. This research endeavor has matured into the Hybrid manufacturing system. Project collaborators included: Airfoil Technologies International Llc, Cummins Inc, De Montfort University, Delcam plc, Electrox Ltd, Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd, TWI Ltd, Precision Engineering Technologies Ltd, and Renishaw plc.
Click here for a conference paper (opens in new window) delivered at the 2012 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium in Austin, TX, describing selected outputs from the RECLAIM project.