Agreement between Thermwood and Navy’s FRC East
Jan 9 2017
Thermwood Corporation has signed a formal Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Fleet Readiness Centre East located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and part of the Naval Air Systems Command, to conduct a two-year, joint technology development effort centered on Thermwood’s emerging large scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) technology.
According to Thermwood, its LSAM machines are large-sized industrial additive manufacturing or three-dimensional printing machines that are available in sizes up to 100 feet long. These systems use a ‘near-net-shape’ approach for making parts in which parts are first 3D printed at high speed to a size slightly larger than needed and then trimmed to final net size and shape. Thermwood says its LSAM machine consolidates printing and machining on the same machine using dual gantries. Dual controls allow print and trim operations to be performed simultaneously, each on different ends of the table.
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