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Huge 3D Printing Machine Earns R&D 100 Award

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Cincinnati Inc. (CI) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory collected the process/prototyping product of the year at the 2015 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference for their collaboration on Big Area Additive Manufacturing(BAAM) machine. The team also earned R&D Magazine’s 2015 Editor’s Choice Award.
CI and Oak Ridge partnered in 2014 to develop the large-scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components as much as 10 times larger than currently producible, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines. The agreement aims to introduce significant new capabilities to the U.S. machine-tool sector.
BAAM is an industrial-sized additive machine, using a design and technology from CI’s laser platform. It was designed to allow 3D printing for the rapid production of large parts. Its ability to use commodity thermoplastic materials keeps part costs reasonable, according to company officials, and it offers open architecture for material vendors, which can lower material costs and allow for more options.
“BAAM will revolutionize the method and speed of prototyping, as well as the way tooling and production parts are made,” says Carey Chen, CI chief executive officer and president. “Aerospace and automotive markets already have been infused with additive’s technology, and the marine market is another prime candidate to benefit from its streamlining effects. Each new market is a catalyst for the usage of new and different materials.”
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Ohio Laser Adds Precision Leveler

Monday, January 18, 2016

Precision metal fabricator Ohio Laser, Plain City, OH, has added a new FlatMaster 55 hydraulic leveler from Arku to its arsenal. The leveler allows Ohio Laser, which produces punched, laser-cut and flame-cut parts from sheet, plate and tube, to flatten sheetmetal parts from high-strength steels ranging from 0.05 to 12 mm thick. Learn more at


Mill Steel Buys Assets of S&S Steel Services

Monday, January 18, 2016
Mill Steel Co., Grand Rapids, MI, a distributor of flat-rolled carbon steel, has acquired assets of S&S Steel Services, Inc., an Anderson, IN-based supplier of carbon flat-rolled steel services. The purchase allows Mill Steel to expand its product line and geographic presence.
Mill Steel will continue steel slitting and cut-to-length processing operations and certain members of the company's leadership and commercial teams will remain in place, according to company officials. In addition, Mill Steel expects to create as many as 20 sales and production jobs at its 215,000-sq.-ft. Anderson processing facility, and plans to increase its existing production and distribution capability with the installation of additional processing equipment.
The strategic acquisition will support Mill Steel's growing automotive, construction, home appliance, agriculture and HVAC business in the southeastern United States and Mexico.
For more information about Mill Steel Co., visit


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