After careful deliberation, a jury of international leaders from industry, academia, military, media and trade associations elected to grant the first International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) to Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd., of the United Kingdom and Plano, Texas. The award was presented to Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Jason Jones, during a reception at this year’s MFG Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The winning submission is a hybrid kit innovation that can be integrated into any CNC machine to allow for metal deposition, finishing, and inspection of parts on a single machine. Dr. Jones gave his input on a point AMT’s Tim Shinbara had discussed earlier in the evening— whether additive is a benefit to CNC, a detriment, both, or neither. “What we’re really doing is celebrating the marriage of two industries that I hold dear in my heart— machining and additive manufacturing. And being able to bring those two things together in a way that’s practical and useful has been our objective for a long time.”
Dr. Jones discussed the history of subtractive machining, quoting an article from the Harvard Business School Press that says “machine tools are the ‘mother’ machines, that make all other machines.” “So if machining is the mother process,” Dr. Jones suggested, “then maybe additive is the father process.”
“For us, its been a great honor. We feel like we’re trying to build on the shoulders of giants. And each one of you here has made some significant contribution to the industry, or rather the industries, and its great to be among you as peers,” closed Dr. Jones.
It was a privilege to hear Dr. Jones speak with such passion, and we can’t wait to see what Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd. does next!