ORNL signs sharing pact with Cincinnati Inc. on additive manufacturing developments

additive2The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) 3-D printer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility is a result of the lab’s partnership with Cincinnati Inc. (ORNL photo)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced Tuesday it has signed a “nonexclusive licensing agreement” with Cincinnati Inc. that allows the Ohio company to use ORNL patents related to large-scale 3-D manufacturing.

“Under the agreement, Cincinnati Incorporated may make, use or sell the lab’s patented developments of enhanced additive manufacturing with a reciprocating platen that enables the manufacture of parts much larger and with higher quality than current standards,” the lab said in the announcement.

The Oak Ridge leader is one of the world’s leaders in production of large-scale 3-D printed materials, as well as refining the processing that decrease overall cost and improve the efficiency.

In a statement, ORNL’s Lonnie Love said, “Our goal is to demonstrate the potential of large-scale additive manufacturing as an innovative and viable manufacturing technology. We want to improve digital manufacturing solutions for the automotive industry.”

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