Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine will print a full-size 3D car during the show. Machine brings large-part additive manufacturing to a wide range of industries including automotive and aerospace.
AUGUST 2014 – Cincinnati Incorporated unveils its Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine in the Emerging Technology Center at IMTS 2014. Cincinnati, in conjunction with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Local Motors, will demonstrate the machine’s capabilities by printing and assembling parts for a full-size car during the show. The large-scale additive machine uses the chassis and drives of Cincinnati’s gantry-style laser cutting system as the base, and extrudes hot thermoplastic to build parts, layer by layer. With a work envelope of 2 x 4 x .87 m (6.6 x 13.1 x 2.9 ft) and extrusion rate of about 10 lbs/hr, the machine prints polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible, at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines.
“The extruder can use a wide variety of thermoplastics and fiber reinforced thermoplastics,” said Andy Jamison, CEO of Cincinnati Incorporated. “Working with SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business, we have used CYCOLAC™ and ULTEM™ resins, and we’ve seen that carbon fiber and glass fiber reinforcing improve both the strength and thermal stability of the parts”
The machine was developed as part of a cooperative research and development agreement between Cincinnati Incorporated and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and introduces significant new manufacturing capabilities to a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, appliance and robotics.
Cincinnati’s experience in designing, making and controlling large-scale manufacturing systems, as well as its long working relationship with ORNL, led to the partnership, which supports the Energy Department’s “Clean Energy Manufacturing” initiative to increase the efficiency of U.S. manufacturing and continues the development of innovative technologies.