CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) has recently finished a nearly $5 million expansion, including the installation of a new, state-of-the-art, Zimmermann machining center that will help manufacturers produce components using composite materials and aerospace alloys. In addition, the expansion includes a leading-edge hybrid machine that enhances the quality and production speed of manufacturing complex metal parts.
Funded by the state DECD, the new DMG MORI LASERTEC hybrid milling machine combines cutting-edge additive technology with legacy subtractive manufacturing in one unit. By combining both additive manufacturing using high-speed, direct laser deposition of metallic powders and the traditional machine cutting method in one machine, unique applications and geometries are possible. Especially large workpieces with high stock removal volumes can now be machined more quickly and efficiently by reducing production time and using less raw material.