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March 15, 2016 | Tom Ballard

BAAM technology, developed at ORNL, wins big in Paris


Big news this week for BAAM, a technology more officially known as “Big Area Additive Manufacturing.”

The advanced technology, developed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was recognized this week in Paris as winner of the 2016 Composites Magazine Special Prize for innovation. The presentation was made by JEC Composites to leaders from ORNL, the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), Cincinnati Incorporated, and Dassault Systèmes.

According to a news release issued by IACMI, ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated made history in additive manufacturing by developing the revolutionary new technology that enable the production of large scale 3D-printed components in just a few hours. The BAAM technology deposits material 500 to 1,000 times more quickly than with existing systems and production costs can be cut by 95 percent.

The new technology was used to print the replica Shelby Cobra, the first of its kind, in only 24 hours. The vehicle has been on display in Paris.

Now that BAAM has been developed and proven, IACMI and Dassault Systèmes are working with ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated to enable full industrialization of the technology.



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