Cosine Additive LLC is partnering with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the development of a revolutionary new additive manufacturing platform. The goal of this partnership is to develop and demonstrate the enabling technologies for mid-scale additive manufacturing using Cosine’s AM1 machine. The AM1 has a build chamber of approximately 4’ x 4’ x 4’ and will open up new areas of U.S. manufacturing for rapid production of medium size tooling in support of the transportation, appliance and energy industries, significantly reducing cost and lead time. As with Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), the initial focus is on the deposition of composite materials. Printing with carbon fiber filament is still in its infancy with its immediate value just starting to be realized by manufacturing industries.
“We are excited to partner with an innovative small business, such as Cosine Additive,” said Lonnie Love, ORNL group leader of manufacturing systems research. “Our hope is that this partnership, and the ensuing products, will help to excel new applications for additive manufacturing.”
This project aims to expand Cosine Additive’s production rate to 10 lbs/hr of composite material. The final deliverable will be the production of a 50 lb part in under 8 hours that exceeds 30” x 30” x 30”.
Cosine Additive makes the Additive Machine 1 (AM1) line of professional 3D printers; the first professional AM machines designed specifically for manufacturing. The AM1 is designed to be lower cost than traditional professional AM machines, with material costs many times lower than other filament based machines. Its ergonomically based, making for easier use and maintenance. Cosine Additive is on a mission to improve the state of the art in additive manufacturing (3D printing). Our premise is simple: to increase the usefulness of industrial, large format, additive manufacturing technology by exponentially decreasing the cost barrier to industry professionals. Cosine achieves this goal by maintaining exceptional quality from manufacturing design to finished 3D prints. Andrew McCalip, Chief Technology Officer, said, “Cosine Additive’s goal is to bring about fundamental change in the additive manufacturing industry. If the technology is to continue its exponential growth, there must be a decoupling of hardware, software, and materials companies.” He continued, “We offer an open and modular hardware platform of the highest quality. Our technology is enhanced by major industrial players who come to us with software and materials solutions.”
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
This project is supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Advanced Manufacturing Office. AMO supports applied research, development and demonstration of new materials and processes for energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as platform technologies for the manufacturing of clean energy products.