10/22/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Big-Area Additive Manufacturing System on Display at Fabtech

Sample applications for the BAAM system will be shown in Cincinnati Inc.’s booth at the November trade show.


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Visitors to next month’s Fabtech trade show (happening November 9-12 at McCormick Place in Chicago) can get an up-close look at large-scale applications for additive manufacturing. Cincinnati Inc., co-creator of the Big-Area Additive Manufacturing Machine (BAAM) in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is displaying several large parts made in this thermoplastic extrusion machine in Booth N-9000. The planned exhibit includes a scaled fighter aircraft, a printed utility vehicle (PUV) and the full-sized Shelby Cobra premiered earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show.

The booth will also feature a partially finished 12-foot-long kayak designed to show the stages of production with the BAAM. The display kayak is divided into thirds, each showing one step: the raw ABS carbon fiber as extruded by the machine; the raw material filled with a gel coat; and a painted and finished portion.

The BAAM machine, known for its ability to print large polymer components at fast speeds, comes in a configuration with a 8 × 20 × 6-foot work envelope. A smaller version of the machine will be running during the show, printing parts with Sabic’s Thermocomp ABS carbon fiber material.

Fabtech also offers additive-related programming including an expert panel session on what additive manufacturing means for the metal fabrication industry and additional AM exhibitors.