7/7/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

ORNL, Cincinnati Inc. Sign AM Patent License Agreement

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The agreement addresses developments of large-scale additive manufacturing technology.


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The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Cincinnati Incorporated of Harrison, Ohio, have signed a nonexclusive licensing agreement on ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing. Under the agreement, Cincinnati Inc. may make, use or sell the lab’s patented developments of enhanced additive manufacturing with a reciprocating platen that enables the manufacture of parts much larger and with higher quality than current standards.

The speed of next-generation additive manufacturing offers new opportunities for the automotive, aerospace and prototyping industries, said Lonnie Love, leader of ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research group.

“Our goal is to demonstrate the potential of large-scale additive manufacturing as an innovative and viable manufacturing technology,” Love said. “We want to improve digital manufacturing solutions for the automotive industry.”

The additive manufacturing agreement is the latest in a series of ORNL advances that include the production of a 3D-printed vehicles at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, at ORNL, including a reproduction Shelby Cobra that debuted in early 2015.

This technology development was supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). AMO supports applied research, development and demonstration of new materials and processes for energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as platform technologies for the manufacturing of clean energy products.