Lincoln Electric is part of a team that has received funding through America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in conjunction with the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), for pursuing its patented laser hot wire technology for additive manufacturing (AM). This latest round of funding takes this technology to the next level of commercialization for enabling medium and big area additive manufacturing projects.
The USD 1M in funding the team receives for product development efforts is part of USD 11M offered to participating teams through this program. This funding award supports the team’s USD 2M project entry, “MULTI: Source/FeedStock/Meter-Scale METAL AM Machine.”
The project team also includes: Caterpillar Inc., EWI, GKN Aerospace, IPG Photonics Corp., ITAMCO, Oak Ridge National Lab, United Technologies Corp., and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Together, team members will use the funding to build upon an existing, alpha-generation CAD-to-path robotic software tool, testing and refining it for a commercial first release. The team also will conduct basic process testing to bundle the software with a multi-process, multi-meter, multi-material, process-ready, robot-based, 3D-printing (3DP) system.
Upon completion, the team anticipates a commercially available, multi-planner CAD-to-path software tool will be developed as the key workforce, education and outreach (WEO) component, enabling the production of medium-area AM (MAAM) and big-area AM (BAAM) manufactured parts within the mainstream marketplace.