By Mark Norfolk on Monday, November 24th, 2014
A few weeks ago, Fabrisonic visited Oak Ridge National Lab to discuss 3D printing of metal. During the visit, we had the opportunity to look at the world’s first 3D printed car. Oak Ridge printed the car, called the Strati, during the recent IMTS show with partner company Local Motors.
This effort pushed the boundaries of what we think about when talking about 3D Printing. Oak Ridge’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing (or BAAM) takes existing plastic 3D printing and scales it up to build real world structures. It will be exciting to see how metal processes, such as our Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing 3D printing process, will be used in the future for similar concepts. Fabrisonic’s SonicLayer 7200 has a similar scale and uses metals such as aluminum, copper, and steel.