Another way composite manufacturers are driving innovation is by producing low-cost materials/high-volume applications with high-performance applications/low-volume materials. During the CAMX General Session, Cincinnati Incorporated was given the Combined Strength Award for its Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology that creates 3-D large-scale products up to 10 times larger than currently producible. It also works at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines. The technology’s use of commodity thermoplastic materials allows manufacturers to reduce costs per part, and the system’s open architecture helps keep material costs low. The technology’s most notable application has been the DOE-funded 3-D printed Shelly Cobra. Cincinnati Inc. noted how essential partnerships are to developing composites innovation.
“It’s been great working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL),” said representatives from Cincinnati Inc. “We all have to work together. When you have multiple companies working together with a combined vision, you can really revolutionize the industry.”
Innovations like TCA Ultra Lite and BAAM technology will be on display in the Exhibit Hall from now until October 29.