Cincinnati Incorporated and development partners awarded JEC Composites Magazine Special Prize for their collaboration on Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine.
Cincinnati Incorporated (CI), and development partners Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Dassault Systemes, were honored at the JEC Innovation Awards at JEC World 2016 in Paris, France for their composite innovations through Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM). Carey Chen, President & CEO of CI, and Craig Blue, Director, Advance Manufacturing Office of ORNL, were present at the March event, a worldwide competition in composites innovation, to collect the top prestigious innovation award selected across two dozen global industries. “CI is leading the way in the large scale and high speed additive manufacturing arena, and BAAM will revolutionize the method and speed of prototyping, as well as the way tooling and production parts are made,” said Chen. “Each new market is a catalyst for developing the use of new and different materials.”
BAAM is an industrial sized, additive machine with a proven design and technology from CI’s laser platform. BAAM was designed to allow 3-D printing to be used for the quick production of large parts. Its ability to use commodity thermoplastic materials means that the cost per part will be reasonable, and by designing a system with an open architecture for material vendors, material costs can be kept lower and allow for more options.
CI, ORNL, and Dassualt Systemes partnered in 2014 to develop the large-scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components up to 10 times larger, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster, than previously existing additive machines. The collaboration aims to introduce significant new capabilities to the U.S. machine tool sector, which supplies manufacturing technology to a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, marine, appliance and robotics. CI and its development partners continue to pursue the development of BAAM and the types of materials that can be used.
The JEC Innovation Awards Program celebrates composites innovations and has benefitted over 2,000 companies since its inception in 1998. The goals of this program are to identify, promote and reward composite solutions worldwide, encourage companies that are involved in composite innovation along with their partners, enhance their public exposure, and ultimately, contribute to the advancement of the composite industry. Technical excellence, partnerships, market potential, financial and environmental impact, and originality are the criteria on which selection is based.