May 13, 2014 | Category: Materials and Processes
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with machine tool manufacturer Cincinnati Inc. to develop a large-scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components as much as 10 times larger than can currently be produced and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing AM machines.
A prototype machine is in development that incorporates AM technology with the machine base of Cincinnati Inc.'s gantry-style laser cutting system. The research team then plans to integrate a high-speed cutting tool, pellet feed mechanism and control software for additional capabilities. ornl.gov / e-ci.com