Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates, provided an introductory overview at RAPID 2014 of all the latest and greatest in 3D printing innovations, and encouraged attendees to visit those companies exhibiting at the show to see for themselves these exciting new products.
One of the most exciting new products in the equipment category is the Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine (BAAMci), developed in a partnership agreement between Cincinnati Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The BAAMci is a large-scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines. According to a spokesperson at Cincinnati's booth, the BAAMci has a one-gallon per hour material deposition rate.
Grimm noted that this machine addresses a number of the issues surrounding the AM process including throughput, part size constraints and provides hybrid additive and subtractive processes, all of which are needed to compete with injection molding to make AM competitive.