Japanese tooling and manufacturing equipment developer Enomoto Kogyo is collaborating with Shizuoka University of Art and Culture and software developer C&G Systems to build Japan’s first 5-axis hybrid 3D printer. The printer is capable of continuously performing 3D printing actions as well as milling, using existing industrial 5-axis control technology. The benefits of a hybrid 5-axis 3D printer and milling machine would eliminate the need for most support structures, saving material and labor. It will also reduce equipment costs, as smaller companies can purchase a single machine instead of a traditional 3D printer and a separate milling or CNC machine. You can read more about the Japanese developed hybrid 5-axis 3D printer at 3DPrint.com: https://3dprint.com/132475/5-axis-3d-printer-japan/