GE Additive signs a CRADA with ORNL

From left to right: Christine Furstoss, chief technology officer, GE Additive; Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Moe Khaleel, Associate laboratory director for Energy and Environmental Sciences and Chris Schuppe, general manager, engineering, GE Additive.

GE Additive recently announced that it has entered into a five-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The agreement focuses on processes, materials, and software to drive industrialization and encourage the broader adoption of additive manufacturing technology.

The research objectives of CRADA with Arcam EBM focused on: improving the process reliability of EBM technology through the use of in-situ process monitoring and closed-loop control, expanding the technology to new materials systems, specifically Nickel-based superalloys, and validating microstructure and properties of Titanium Ti-6Al-4V materials fabricated with increased deposition rate.

The new CRADA, which covers all GE Additive equipment, materials, and engineering services capabilities, focuses on developing and implementing novel additive technologies into commercial products including building on existing research into process simulation methodologies and in-situ monitoring and quality control, on both EBM and direct metal laser melting (DMLM) systems; materials modeling and development; and industrialization and commercialization of equipment and processes.