Additive and subtractive hybrid manufacturing techniques, such as Directed Energy Deposition (DED) combined with milling, can produce components in a more sustainable manner than traditional workflows, for example by reducing the amount of waste material. This is of particular interest in industries utilising high cost materials, e.g. lowering “buy-to-fly” ratios in aerospace. However, planning the entire process through is key to ensuring that these benefits are maximised, and that the hybrid approach will lead to a successful outcome.
This talk will describe the main considerations when approaching and planning out a DED hybrid process, from design for manufacture to programming best practice and work holding suggestions, using lessons learnt from both customer and demonstration parts produced in Autodesk’s Technology Centre. It will display how Fusion 360 was and can be used for stages in the workflow, tying these steps together to further increase efficiency of the overall process.