Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Partner to Advance Additive Manufacturing
Joint Development Initiative Will Focus on Developing Stratasys FDM
Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing
3D printer maker Stratasys
(NASDAQ: SSYS) announced today a joint initiative with the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) at Oak
Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop fused deposition
modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing for production use.
One target of the initiative is to develop in-process inspection for fused deposition modeling (FDM) systems that assures part quality and suitability for service. (Photo: Stratasys)
The initiative builds upon a strong collaboration that leverages ORNL's
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) to foster energy efficient
production using additive manufacturing materials and processes.
Described in this video,
the project aims to develop FDM
additive manufacturing technology to make it a mainstream manufacturing
process. The project targets two main objectives: 1) development of
in-process inspection to assure part quality and suitability for
service, and 2) development of carbon fiber reinforced FDM feedstock
materials to produce strong, lightweight components.
Weight reduction has a major impact on fuel consumption. For example, on
a commercial aircraft, a 500-pound weight reduction results in a
quarter-million-dollar savings in fuel costs each year.
The overarching goal of the DOE initiative is to reduce the energy usage
of U.S. industry, commercialize new products more quickly, and
revitalize the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.
"The research and development done at the MDF allows us to explore
innovative ideas in next-generation materials and manufacturing
technologies to help U.S. industry," says Dr. Lonnie Love, Distinguished
Research Scientist and Group Leader for Automation, Robotics and
Manufacturing at ORNL. "The project with Stratasys will lead to
commercialization of new products that will ultimately make U.S.
manufacturing more competitive and energy efficient."
Beyond reducing energy use via lighter-weight transportation vehicles,
the additive manufacturing or 3D printing process itself is more
efficient than traditional subtractive manufacturing processes, such as
machining parts or machining production tools and molds.
"The additive process can reduce the energy impact of manufacturing,"
says Stratasys Vice President of Direct Digital Manufacturing Jeff
DeGrange. "It reduces material consumption, waste streams, large
investments into metal tooling, warehouse costs and transportation
costs. You don't have to bring in material just to machine 75 percent of
it away as with traditional manufacturing. Additive manufacturing
deposits material only where it's needed to grow a part."
Manufacturing is a major component of the U.S. economy, accounting for
11 percent of GDP ($1.5 trillion), more than 12 million jobs, and 57
percent of U.S. exports. But while U.S. innovation remains strong, most
companies don't have the leading-edge R&D facilities and services that
help to commercialize new ideas.
"The initiative with Oak Ridge presents a significant opportunity,
particularly in the aerospace and automotive industries, to enable
lightweight high performance products to reach the market quicker and at
lower costs," says DeGrange.
Multimedia resources and web links:
Photo 1 Oak
Ridge National Laboratory
Photo 2 Stratasys
Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer
Photo 3 Carbon
fiber aircraft access door
Initiative Video: video
Fused Deposition Modeling details: FDM
Stratasys Website: www.Stratasys.com
Oak Ridge National Labs Website: http://www.ornl.gov/
Stratasys Inc., Minneapolis, is a maker of additive manufacturing
machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company
markets under the brands Mojo, uPrint and Dimension 3D Printers and
Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On
Demand, a digital-manufacturing service for prototypes and production
parts. Stratasys manufactures 3D printers for Hewlett Packard, which it
sells under the brand Designjet3D. In 2011 Stratasys acquired 3D printer
maker Solidscape Inc. According to Wohlers Report 2012, Stratasys had a
41.5 percent market share in 2011, and has been the unit market leader
for the tenth consecutive year. Stratasys patented and owns the Fused
Deposition Modeling (FDM®) process. The process creates
functional prototypes and manufactured goods directly from any 3D CAD
program, using high-performance industrial thermoplastics. The company
holds 380 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally.
Stratasys products are used in the aerospace, defense, automotive,
medical, business and industrial equipment, education, architecture, and
consumer-product industries. Online at: www.Stratasys.com
Stratasys, Fortus, Dimension, and uPrint are registered trademarks, and
Mojo is a trademark, of Stratasys Inc.
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