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Johnstown, Pennsylvania, June 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) a prime contract worth a potential $15 million to demonstrate the practicality of production of obsolete critical castings using 3D printed sand – casting mold technology. In addition, the project will further develop the science and technology of 3D printed sand casting molds. CTC will work with contractor ExOne, a subsidiary of Desktop Metal, as well as the University of Northern Iowa, DLA, and metal casting foundries on the project.
“Several years ago, CTC recognized the need for a process to quickly and inexpensively produce obsolete critical castings needed by the Department of Defense. Castings had been difficult to find because the original manufacturing designs, models and/or producers are no longer available,” said Mike Tims, CTC Consulting Engineer and Manager and Principal Investigator of this program.
The base year of the contract is worth $4.6 million; four one-year options, if all exercised, would bring the total value of this effort to a potential $15 million. This project will demonstrate 3D printed molds and cores for sand castings to the DLA supply chain and foundries, who could then produce the castings that the industry is not currently able to manufacture because the tooling traditional is no longer available.
Digital casting is made possible by binder jet 3D printing technology. Spare parts can be cast in tooling printed layer by layer in sand directly from a digital file without making physical patterns.
“Supply chain agility is a key advantage of 3D printing technologies such as binder jetting and digital casting to produce low or high volumes efficiently and economically. We are proud to partner with CTC on this project to combat the obsolescence of 3D printed sand molds to ensure defense readiness,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal.
Edward J. Sheehan, Jr., President and CEO of CTC, added, “This project builds on the expertise developed by CTC over more than 30 years of advanced engineering and manufacturing, particular
through two Office of Naval Research projects that developed, used, and implemented printed sand casting molds. Together with our project partners, we will provide the government with a robust solution to their challenge of recreating hard-to-obtain castings. »
Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is an independent, not-for-profit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization. CTC works with its technology transition subsidiary, Enterprise Ventures Corporation, to leverage research, development, test and evaluation work to deliver transformative, full lifecycle solutions. To better meet the needs of our customers, we offer the complete capacity to design, develop, test, prototype and build. We provide robust, engineered, and innovative solutions that protect our national security, maintain America’s technological advantage, and ensure American-made primacy. For more information about CTC, visit www.ctc.com.
About Desktop Metal
Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating manufacturing transformation with a broad portfolio of 3D printing solutions from rapid prototyping to mass production. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy and robotics, the company addresses the unmet challenges of speed, cost and quality to make additive manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the World’s 30 Most Promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum, named to MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies list, and winner of Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Award in Materials and Fast Company’s Next Big Things in Tech Award for Sustainability. ExOne Operating, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Desktop Metal, Inc. For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com