As the use of 3D Printing grows, ExOne relies on its partnerships to research the best use of materials and methods for printing. ExOne engineers have worked closely with students and faculties to investigate those issues which play a pivotal role in the additive manufacturing industry.
Various research organizations are also actively engaged with the ExOne®
process and equipment, including national laboratories such as Oak Ridge
, Lawrence Livermore
, and NIST
. Other commercial research programs are being performed at both supplier and customer facilities, as well as multi-partnered research between public and private institutions.
ExOne was on the original proposal team for America Makes
, the first National Network for Manufacturing Innovation funded by the government and driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining
. America Makes is focused on helping the United States grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing. Besides being a member of this organization, ExOne has served on the Governance Board, the Committee for Sustainability and is currently involved with a number of their funded programs including “Accelerated Adoption of Additive Manufacturing in the American Foundry Industry,” “Additive Manufacturing of Biomedical Devices from Bioresorbable Metallic Alloys for Medical Applications” and “Developing Topology Optimization Tools that Enable Efficient Design of Additive Manufactured Cellular Structures.”
University of Pittsburgh and ExOne engineers are working with the M-Flex®
to explore options for creating the highest possible densification in parts and developing an ideal sintering process. This research is an on-going venture with ExOne with the goal of presenting their research proposal to the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP).
Virginia Tech is also conducting research with ExOne using the legacy R2™ printer in their DREAMS (Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing System) Lab. Faculty and students are investigating applications for additive manufacturing. Over the last year, they have been testing methods for printing in pure copper and its uses in electronics. Another aspect of their research includes identifying the potential for ceramics in parts creation.