Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Lincoln Electric have joined forces to advance large-scale metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology.
The ORNL-Lincoln collaboration will strive to extend the technology to new materials, leverage data analytics, and enable rapid manufacturing of metal components in excess of 100 pounds per hour.
“Working with Lincoln Electric is an important step in advancing manufacturing in the U.S.,” says Moe Khaleel, ORNL’s Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Science.
“Approximately 60-80% of molds for the manufacturing of metallic components are produced overseas. With this new collaboration, U.S. manufacturers will be able to showcase their ability to manufacture tools, dies and molds additively with reduced costs and lead times while maintaining speed and a quality build.”
Lincoln Electric has for the past three years successfully partnered with ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Team to develop industry-leading metal additive technologies.
The Ohio-based company is well known for its arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment.
ORNL’s collaboration with Lincoln Electric is the latest in a series of updates surrounding its efforts to universalize additive manufacturing technology.
Earlier this month, ORNL and industrial 3D printer provider ExOne announced a project to advance binder jet technology for sand and metal 3D printers.
The laboratory has also been granted $20 million in U.S. federal funding alongside the University of Maine (UMaine) for a joint program to create bio-based 3D material for large-scale additive manufacturing.
The chief goal of the UMaine-ORNL project is to revive the declining forest products industry in the state, as well as foster a new generation of bio-based 3D printable materials.
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