Harrison Company Helping Develop Large 3D Printer
By Mike Perleberg
(Harrison, Oh.) – A local manufacturing company is about to be at the forefront of the budding 3D printing industry.
Cincinnati Inc., located on Kilby Road near Harrison, is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to develop a large-scale polymer additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, system. An agreement was signed Monday.
The two hope to build a printing system that is up to 500 times faster and capable of printing items that are 10 times larger than current 3D printers. The larger printers are called big area additive manufacturing machines.
The laboratory which operates under the U.S. Department of Energy says the project could introduce significant new capabilities to the U.S. tooling sector, supporting a wide range of industries.
“The Energy Department and its national labs are forging partnerships with the private sector to strengthen advanced manufacturing, foster innovation, and create clean energy jobs for the growing middle class,” said David Danielson, the Energy Department’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Developing innovative manufacturing technologies in America will help ensure that the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow are created here in the United States, putting people to work and building a clean energy economy.”
Cincinnati, Inc. CEO Andrew Jamison said that the project is just the latest step in a long working relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“Over the years we have supplied over 40 metal working machine tools to Oak Ridge and its various subcontractors,” Jamison said. “As one of the oldest U.S. machine tool manufacturers, with continuous operation since 1898, we view this exciting opportunity as starting a new chapter in our history of serving U.S. manufacturing. Out of this developmental partnership with ORNL, CINCINNATI intends to lead the world in big area additive manufacturing machinery for both prototyping and production.”