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Leading industrial 3D printer provider ExOne has announced it will be collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance binder jet 3D printing.
The aim of the collective is to develop a new binder jet technology benefiting both sand and metal 3D printers. As part of this, the two teams will enable the 3D processing of H13 Tool Steel.
Rick - Lucas - ExOne - Chief - Technology
Rick Lucas, ExOne’s Chief Technology Officer, comments, “By collaborating with a world-class lab like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we accelerate ExOne’s binder jetting technology capabilities.”
“WE BELIEVE THESE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS WILL EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY RESULT IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW MATERIALS, BINDERS AND PROCESS DEVELOPMENTS, RETAINING OUR SIGNIFICANT EDGE OVER COMPETITORS AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES IN THE INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING SPACE.”
US - Manufacturing
Keeping the U.S. competitive in current manufacturing
The 3D binder jetting process employed at ExOne is a development of an original method invented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1996, ExOne became the exclusive licensee of this particular technology, which has branched out at the company in the form of several 3D printers for the purpose of production, prototyping and research. The X1 25 PRO is the latest addition to the company’s range of systems, and is made for 3D printing metal.
ORNL - Binder - Jet - Technology - ExOne
ORNL has been working on binder jet technology with ExOne since 2015. Binder jetting equipment at ORNL is also supplied by ExOne. According to Amy Elliott, ORNL’s lead researcher in this particular field of 3D printing, “Over the past several years, we’ve worked with ExOne on four binder jetting systems and we’ve made exceptional progress in enhancing this additive manufacturing technique. Industry collaborations such as this help the U.S. remain competitive in manufacturing.”
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