The ExOne Company, a global provider of three-dimensional (“3D”) printing machines, 3D printed and other products, materials and services to industrial customers, has announced a collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) open science laboratory, to make further advancements in 3D binder jetting additive manufacturing.
The current collaboration project is initially targeted on the development of cutting-edge technology for new binder systems, focusing on optimizing chemistry and process parameters for ExOne’s sand and metal systems. This includes leveraging ORNL’s instrumentation and advanced data analysis methodologies. The collaboration will leverage DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at ORNL and its unique efficiencies in instrumentation capabilities. Additionally, the effort will optimize binder development for H13 Tool Steel. ORNL’s initiative targeting the production of 500 tools and dies by 2022 for the molding, stamping and forging industries, is expected to establish binder jetting as the leading low-cost method for the fabrication of advanced tooling.
ORNL and ExOne have developed a mutual relationship benefiting from knowledge sharing and collaboration, built on the progress of ExOne’s binder jetting technology and the expertise and resources at ORNL.