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Dual Material System for Polymer Large Scale Additive Manufacturing...

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Conference Paper
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SAMPE 2020 Virtual Series Additive Manufacturing
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1 to 10
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Seattle, Washington, United States of America
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Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology allows for manufacturing of large-scale objects with a potential to reduce energy embedded in products, reduce or eliminate energy necessary for transportation of goods along with reducing the lead time and cost in some cases. Over the last few years, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been focusing on large-scale printing of single material systems, typically un-reinforced or short fiber reinforced polymers, in order to address needs in stiffness-limited applications. This paper describes the development of a multi-material large-scale AM system through a collaboration with Cincinnati Inc. and Performance Feed Screw Inc. Modifications to the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) system includes a new extruder design to accommodate a dual feed system, an expanded two-dryer system with a capacity of 273 kg/dryer, and a system that is capable of mixing pelletized materials up to 60Kg/hr. This article highlights the advantages and limitations of the multi-material system as well as potential applications.