What's at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Lab

NORTH HUNTINGDON, PA, May 6, 2019 -ExOne Company (Nasdaq: XONE) ("ExOne"), a global provider of three-dimensional ("3D") printing equipment, 3D-printed and other products, materials and services to industrial customers, announced a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL ), the US Department of Energy's (DOE )’s largest open science laboratory, to drive further advances in 3D additive manufacturing using binder injection molding.

The current collaboration program is originally aimed at the development of an innovative technology for new binder systems and focuses on the optimization of chemical and process parameters for ExOne's sand and metal printers. This includes the use of equipment and advanced data analysis methods from the ORNL. The collaboration will support the US Department of Energy's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at ORNL and its unique device equipment efficiencies. In addition, the endeavor will optimize the binder development for H13 tool steel. ORNL's initiative, which aims to produce 500 tools and dies for the casting, stamping and forging industries by 2022, is expected to establish binder jetting as the leading low-cost method for making advanced tooling.

"We look forward to continuing our research into binder jetting with ExOne," said Amy Elliott, lead researcher on binder jetting at ORNL. “Over the past few years we've worked with ExOne on four binder injection systems and we've made tremendous strides in improving this additive manufacturing technique. Industrial partnerships like this help the United States stay competitive in manufacturing. "

“By working with a world-class laboratory like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we are advancing the capabilities of ExOne's binder jetting technology. We believe that these joint efforts will effectively and efficiently result in the establishment of new materials, binders and process developments, which will maintain our significant advantage over competitors and other technologies in the industrial manufacturing environment, ”said Rick Lucas, Chief Technology Officer at ExOne .

Over the past four years, ORNL and ExOne have developed a mutual relationship that benefits from knowledge sharing and collaboration, building on the advancement of ExOne's binder jetting technology and the expertise and resources of ORNL. This basis gives the parties confidence that the goals of the current cooperation project can be achieved.

Economic advantages of binder jetting

Binder injection maintains higher productivity and lower operating costs than other additive manufacturing technologies. ExOne is a leader in non-polymer 3D printing using binder jetting. The focus of ExOne's binder jetting development includes first-class collaborations with various industries, universities and laboratories. ExOne machines are probably the most industrialized machines on the market today, as S-Max® machines lead the additive manufacturing technology market and have been successfully supporting foundries for years. Recently, ExOne announced a high resolution production machine that can directly print metal, ceramic and parts made from other high quality materials. The X1 25PRO ™ production machine uses the proven technology of the Innovent + ™ from ExOne and will supply customers later in the year. The X1 25PRO ™ can print standard industrial powders used in MIM (powder injection molding) and other PM (metal powder) processes. ExOne will provide what it believes is the most advanced blasting, dispensing and recoating technology available on the market today. It is ExOne's goal to provide customers with machines that can print the largest possible number of material classes at the highest quality and speed.

About ExOne

ExOne is a global provider of 3D printing equipment and 3D printed and other products, materials and services to industrial customers. ExOne's business mainly consists of the manufacture and sale of 3D printing equipment and customized printing products using the installed base of 3D printing equipment. ExOne devices serve direct and indirect applications. Direct printing creates a component; indirect printing creates a tool to produce a component. ExOne offers collaboration in prefabrication and print products for customers through its network of introduction centers ("EACs"). ExOne also provides the associated materials, including consumables and replacement parts, and other services, including training and technical support, necessary for 3D printing device buyers to print products. The company believes its ability to print with a wide variety of industrial materials and industry leading quantitative output (as measured by build box size and print speed) uniquely position ExOne to meet the needs of industrial customers.

About the Oak Ridge National Lab

The production demo facility at ORNL is supported by the Office of Energy Efficiency of the US Department of Energy and the Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). AMO supports applied research and development of new early-stage materials, information and processes that improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing in America, as well as platform technologies for the manufacture of clean energy products.

ORNL is administered by UT-Battelle for the US Department of Energy's Office of Science, the largest supporter of basic research in the natural sciences in the United States. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is committed to helping address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit https://science.energy.gov.