Cincinnati Incorporated (Harrison, OH) and the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Knoxville, TN) were honored with the CAMX Combined Strength Award. Like composites show strength when complementary materials are combined CI and ORNL combined their expertise and created BAAM or Big Area Additive Manufacturing.
BAAM was recognized for taking the concept of additive manufacturing and transforming it to make big parts fast with commodity materials. BAAM technology is transforming the additive manufacturing industry from rapid prototyping to production.
Several examples of BAAM technology were shown at CAMX, the 3D Printed Shelby Cobra and some new high performance materials. The Cobra was printed on the first generation BAAM. ORNL now has an 8' x 20' x 6' BAAM that can print at 80 pounds per hour of reinforced thermoplastic composite materials. At CAMX the team was also showing high temperature materials suitable for tooling for carbon fiber composite tooling. Carbon fiber reinforced PPS, PPSU and Apollo should all be able to withstand 350°F in an autoclave with small CTE and vacuum integrity. This should be a game changer for short run aerospace and automotive tooling.
Accepting the award were Lonnie Love for ORNL and Rick Neff for CI. They said that the collaboration was more than just their organizations. For instance they had funding support from the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office. TruDesign brought the finishing technology that make the layered print look like a show quality automobile. Techmer ES and SABIC IP contributed materials and expertise. Local Motors provided inspiration and collaboration with the first 3D printed car, Strati. GM and GKN provided the advanced electric motor and suspension that worked with new high power electronics provided by the National Transportation Research Center. AlphaStar provide analysis software. And finally the Carroll Shelby organization endorsed the project and provided the iconic design of the Cobra.
CAMX 2015 Tuesday Recap
Excerpt from IACMI
Collaboration is the word of the day as CAMX gets underway here in Dallas. Starting off the day on a high note, IACMI partners Rick Neff from BAAM CI (Big Area Additive Manufacturing-Cincinnati Incorporated) and Lonnie Love from Oak Ridge National Lab accepted the coveted 2015 CAMX Combined Strength Award, which recognizes cutting edge innovation through collaboration. The award was presented for their ground breaking 3D printing technology that allows the creation of 3D large-scale products in a matter of hours. The display of the 3D printed 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra on the showroom floor was all the buzz throughout the day.
Show Stopper: Additive-Manufactured Shelby Cobra
Excerpt from ShowDaily, October 28, 2015
Visitors to CAMX 2015 can’t help but notice the retro Shelby Cobra on exhibit by Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN). It’s the unlikely but stunning product of additive manufacturing, using the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology developed by Cincinnati Inc. (Harrison, OH) in collaboration with ORNL. Design and manufactured in just six weeks, the 635-kg car includes 227 kg of BAAM-printed parts, using a chopped carbon fiber-reinforced ABS provided by Sabic. Cincinnati’s BAAM technology was also a winner of one of the CAMX Awards, announced yesterday at the CAMX general session.