Breaking Barriers in Polymer Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing (AM) enables the creation of complex structures directly from a computer-aided design (CAD). There are limitations that prevent the technology from realizing its full potential. AM has been criticized for being slow and expensive with limited build size. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a large scale AM system that improves upon each of these areas by more than an order of magnitude. The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) system directly converts low cost pellets into a large, three-dimensional part at a rate exceeding 25 kg/h. By breaking these traditional barriers, it is possible for polymer AM to penetrate new manufacturing markets.
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- Conference: SAMPE, Baltimore, MD, USA, 20150518, 20150521
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- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF)
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- EE USDOE - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- additive manufacturing; carbon fiber
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