In the paper, the technologies of thermal spraying and laser cladding are briefly described. The traditional methods are reminded and compared with lately developed ones. The technologies are discussed in terms of their application and coatings materials. The advantages of hybrid coatings are presented, indicating the possible future trends of surface modification technologies. The examples of coatings microstructure and measured properties are shown to demonstrate the differences between them and highlight their main features.Keywords: Thermal spray, laser clad, hybrid deposition processes
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