This paper presents the research and development of a hybrid rapid manufacturing process being developed at the University of Missouri--Rolla. This process includes a laser deposition and a 5- axis CNC milling system. By combining laser deposition and machining processes, the resulting hybrid process can provide greater build capability and better accuracy and surface finish. The hybrid process can build some features that are difficult to build in using a purely deposition processes. The issues and related approaches in the research and development of the hybrid deposition-machining process, including laser deposition process, system design and integration, process planning, and sensor selection and control, are discussed.

Meeting Name

12th Annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2001: Aug. 6-8, Austin, TX)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Second Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering


This research was supported by the National Science Foundation Grant Number DMI-9871185, Missouri Research Board, and a grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development through the MRTC grant. Their support is appreciated.

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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Publication Date

08 Aug 2001