10/20/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

ORNL Signs AM Patent License Agreement with Strangpresse

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The agreement will help bring large-scale additive manufacturing technology to the market.

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Research institute Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee) and Strangpresse LLC (Youngstown, Ohio), a developer of thermoplastic extruders, have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement on a portfolio of ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing. Under the agreement, Strangpresse, a Hapco Inc. affiliate, may make, use or sell the lab’s patented developments of materials, processes and controls that enable the manufacture of parts much larger than current standards.

“The additive manufacturing industry is starting to take notice of some of the ORNL intellectual property,” said Eugene Cochran, ORNL senior commercialization manager. “ORNL is interested in identifying and working with other companies interested in engaging in this space.”

 “Our leadership team has over 70 years of experience in the thermoplastics extrusion industry,” said Strangpresse President Chuck George. “We see this partnership as a great opportunity to expand this technology.”

The additive manufacturing agreement is the latest in a series of ORNL advances following printing of a Shelby Cobra at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. The Cobra debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January.

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

“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.”

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