Source: PRNewswire | March 14, 2016

COBRALeaders from The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Cincinnati Incorporated (Cincinnati Inc.) and Dassault Systèmes (3DS) accepted the JEC Innovation Awards 2016 Composites Magazine Special Prize last week in Paris, France. The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology: a new large-scale platform for additive manufacturing of polymer and composite structures was the innovative technology that earned recognition for the prestigious award. The development of this advanced technology was led by the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at ORNL, a partner of IACMI.

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a hot topic, pushing the preconceived boundaries of polymers and composite materials. ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated made history in additive manufacturing by developing a revolutionary technology enabling the production of large-scale 3D printed components in the matter of hours. IACMI and Dassault Systèmes are working with ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated to enable full industrialization of this unique technology.

Using BAAM technology, material is deposited 500 to 1,000 times more quickly than with existing systems and production costs can be cut by 95%. This new technology was used to print the replica Shelby Cobra, the first of its kind, in only 24 hours.

“This is an exciting time for the composites industry with unprecedented opportunities for industrialization of advanced composites. Through partners such as Cincinnati Inc. and Dassault Systèmes with its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, large structures can be 3D designed and printed much cheaper, faster and better than ever before. IACMI-The Composites Institute will help accelerate this industrialization by prototyping and scaling technologies in product and production,” said Craig Blue, CEO of IACMI-The Composites Institute.