Cleveland – Lincoln Electric is part of a team that has received funding through America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in conjunction with the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), for pursuing its patented laser hot wire technology for additive manufacturing (AM). This latest round of funding takes this technology to the next level of commercialization for enabling medium and big area additive manufacturing projects.
The $1 million in funding the team receives for product development efforts is part of $11 million offered to participating teams through this program. This funding award supports the team’s $2 million project entry, “MULTI: Source/FeedStock/Meter-Scale METAL AM Machine.”
The project team also includes: Caterpillar Inc., EWI, GKN Aerospace, IPG Photonics Corp., ITAMCO, Oak Ridge National Lab, United Technologies Corp., and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Together, team members will use the funding to build upon an existing, alpha-generation CAD-to-path robotic software tool, testing and refining it for a commercial first release. The team also will conduct basic process testing to bundle the software with a multi-process, multi-meter, multi-material, process-ready, robot-based, 3D-printing (3DP) system.“This award is another step in a multi-year journey advancing robotic additive manufacturing, an effort that has engaged several members of the Wolf Robotics team,” notes Doug Rhoda, president of Wolf Robotics, a Lincoln Electric Company. “We are one of America Makes’ first members. Our relationship with the organization, as well as that with Oak Ridge National Lab’s, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, has been nothing but positive. As a team, we are moving this game-changing, additive-manufacturing capability forward in much faster and more effective ways than we ever could accomplish individually.”