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18th April 2018, Oak Ridge, TN

MVP installs 3D thermoset printer at ORNL

Magnum Venus Products (MVP), in partnership with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has installed the first commercially available medium/large-scale thermoset 3D printer at the ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Tennessee last week.

While 3D printers have been around for years, the additive manufacturing industry has needed a cost-effective solution that could print structures and moulds. MVP engaged with ORNL to create a 3D printer capable of printing large-scale thermosets, chemistries that are irreversibly cured from a prepolymer or resin.

(L to R) Bob Vanderhoff, Craig Blue and Moe Khaleel at the installation of the world’s first medium/large-scale 3D printer at ORNL. © Business Wire

“Thanks to this innovation, research and development managers will be able to prototype faster and bring products to market faster,” said Bob Vanderhoff, President and CEO Magnum Venus Products. “Procurement departments will also enjoy shortened lead time on crucial moulds – allowing for rapid deployment. This was made possible through ORNL slicing software that allows the integration of multivariate print process parameters.”

Increased productivity

The MVP machine features a state-of-the-art gantry system tailored to the application, developed in response to growth in 3D printing, a market demand for hyper-customisation and the need for advanced manufacturing automation.

“The ability to print thermosets on a large-scale opens new possibilities with respect to the performance and integrity of printed structures,” said Vlastimil Kunc, ORNL lead for polymer materials development.

The roll-in/roll-out bed configuration of the MVP thermoset printer is said to dramatically increase the productivity of additive manufacturing. The configuration allows the printer to operate while pre- and post-processing operations are performed on an additional print bed outside of the machine. The benefits include rapid prototyping moulds, rapid mould building, and creativity with an all-new material for cutting-edge companies.

Specifications

The specifications of the printer include:

  • Multi-axis print head and coordinated control of other print process parameters
  • Build volume: 16’ x 8’ x 42’’
  • Prints up to 50” per second (depending on material used)
  • Deposition rate ≥ 10 lbs./hr.
  • Resolution of ≤ 6mm and larger resolution is possible
  • Build platform with 1,000 lb. capacity
  • Repeatability = ±0.005”
  • Large footprint easily scaled to multiple sizes

ORNL contributed to this project through a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions Technology Commercialization Fund project managed by the Advanced Manufacturing Office in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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