Ingersoll Machine Tools and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are in a partnership to develop Wham, a very large 3D printing system which includes automatic exchange of the printing extruder with a high-speed, 5-axis milling attachment for conventional subtractive finishing operations. The material to for which the machine will be first developed to apply Techmer’s (Clinton, Tennessee) ABS with 10% chopped carbon fiber reinforcement.
Machine tools developer Ingersoll says it will draw on its experience developing and manufacturing CNC maching systems, as well as automated fiber placement (AFP) machines. Tino Oldani, president and CEO of Ingersoll, said, “Our machine design expertise, combined with the ability to develop a complete process for our customers, makes WHAM a logical step forward. Our partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory gives us a huge advantage.”
Wind energy, aerospace, automotive and defense will be the primary targeted markets. Ingersoll has entered the WHAM development process through a cooperative research and development agreement with Oak Ridge.