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3D Manufacturing Hybrid Solutions

Combine conventional manufacturing with additive- A smart approach to create single parts or assemblies

  • Cost effective and durable
  • Accurate and functional
  • Light weight and easy to handle
  • Consolidated components, less components and assembly time


Laser Cutting/Etching

Laser cutting is a conventional model-making process that can be complementary to 3D printing. It is practical and useful in the fabrication of parts that have 2D patterns.
Our laser cutting experts can engrave or cut any design in a wide range of materials. We work directly from vector drawings. You can choose from a wide variety of materials and thicknesses such as Acrylic, Delrin, Foam, and more. However, we cut it, laser services are extremely impressive in detail and fast turnaround.

We can also etch our 3D printed parts with a Laser Engraver. This provides a highly visible, precise, and professional addition to the print.

Over molding

Certain applications such as Automotive fixtures require a smooth, scratch-free surface.3D printing is also known as Additive manufacturing, is a viable, lightweight, fast, and less expensive way to produce fixtures but the surface can be too rough, so a polymer skin can be added to resolve this issue. Most applications use Urethane in a wide range of colors and shore hardness.


After printing a master part, this can be used as a master for casting parts in urethane and silicone. This affords a method of molding without expensive tooling.

Scanning and reverse engineering

3D scanning captures data from an existing object to create a CAD file. This approach provides a great starting point for redesigning the part or making a part fit. The 3D Data is so accurate it cuts down the design time. 3D scanning can also be used as a quality control method as the scanned file can be compared directly against the original CAD. This provides a full dimensional check on the part, rather than datum points.

CT Scanning

A CT scanner works by taking hundreds of X-ray images from different angles, to create a 3D image. CT scanners can capture details down to three microns, with some high-resolution micro-CT scanners, which work on a much smaller micrometer scale, reaching down to 0.5-micron voxel size. For critical applications, a CT scan provides engineers with in-depth data on the microstructure of a 3D manufactured part. This data is used to detect any voids or porosity which can affect the part integrity under adverse operating conditions such as high pressure.

Assembly, Machining or Milling

CNC machining is a subtractive method for manufacturing end-use parts, but it has also been adopted as a secondary process for additive manufacturing technology. Companies often will 3D print plastic parts and then CNC machine them for the following reasons:

  • Dimensional accuracy for fit and form in assemblies
  • Achieve tight tolerances where required, in that case extra material is built in the surfaces that will be machined or built
  • Achieve smooth surfaces for critical applications requiring a specific Ra number.
  • Adding required hardware such as metal inserts, or preparing holes for hardware by tapping, or drilling


Anubis 3D has developed a proprietary post-process to fill hollow printed parts with various composites. This can be used for thermal insulation, strengthening, light-weighting or simply to reduce printing costs without sacrificing mechanical properties.


What is hybrid manufacturing?

In additive manufacturing, an object is created by adding layers of material together. In contrast, conventional manufacturing processes are subtractive in nature. To generate the required shape, subtractive manufacturing entails cutting away pieces of a block of material. For instance, slicing wood into useable forms is a straightforward example of a subtractive process. While additive manufacturing processes like 3D printing work by depositing material layer by layer until it becomes the desired thing, subtractive manufacturing techniques like CNC machining and injection moulding are used in traditional manufacturing.

The shapes that can be printed on additive machines are more complex, detailed, and exotic. However, additive methods provide less final precision by default than subtractive ones. Many manufacturers now employ a combined additive and subtractive strategy to produce parts that meet the needed specifications: one additive machine builds a complex product, which is then transferred to another machine for final milling or turning.

Increasingly, though, manufacturers are moving to a true hybrid system architecture where the same machine performs additive functions and the final finish work allowing companies to leverage the benefits of both. Explore our hybrid solutions at Anubis 3D.

Why should you use hybrid manufacturing?


The potential for personalization increases when cutting-edge 3D printing services and conventional production techniques collaborate. For instance, conventional techniques like CNC and 3D printing can produce more durable and customizable items in various parts.

Certain sub-parts can be produced using additive manufacturing with higher geometrical accuracy, and other parts can be produced using CNC with superior durability. Engineers can accomplish better personalization, whether it be for little mechanical equipment or large mechanical equipment.

With this combination, businesses can improve design optimization while also enhancing product wear and tear resistance. This combination can reduce the need for time- and resource-intensive replacements in sectors including construction, manufacturing, and defence. To increase the output of conventional manufacturers, many businesses in Canada including Anubis are now providing this specific 3D printing service.

The use of 3D printing can expedite a process like CNC, where building a master mould takes longer than making reproductions. Engineers can start the traditional CNC replication process after using additive manufacturing technologies to construct the master mould. Technicians can shorten and speed up the product life cycle by making this straightforward improvement.

Less material wastage

The use of materials efficiently in the end product is a hallmark of the additive manufacturing sector. Traditional businesses, on the other hand, produce items using subtractive techniques. Both procedures serve the same goal. The cost to time ratio, however, tells a different tale.

Companies can use both of these technologies in their everyday manufacturing to reduce the difference between time and material costing. Engineers can 3D print some of the smaller components of a larger assembly that needs a lot of manual labour and materials. The production cost will drop, and there will be less overall material waste.

Why should you work with Anubis 3d on your hybrid manufacturing project?

Anubis 3D is a service provider that satisfies the demands of clients looking for low-volume item manufacturing and prototyping. We have expertise in 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, metal die casting, and plastic injection moulding, and offer a combination of traditional and additive manufacturing methods.

Despite being a part of the fiercely competitive market for the production of additives, Anubis 3D stands out thanks to the company’s legacy as Canada’s leading SLS Additives manufacturer.

One benefit of hybrid solutions at Anubis3D is a combined additive and conventional approach, in which traditional processes and 3D printing work in harmony to support the fulfilment of manufacturing orders of our clients. Contact us today.