ORNL Researchers Partner with Magnet Applications to Develop 3D Printed Magnets

Magnet Applications, Inc. announced that Additively Printed High Performance Magnets were recognized at the 55th Annual R&D Conference, held November 16-17 in Orlando, Florida. The magnets were developed by a team of researchers at ORNL and co-developed by Magnet Applications, Inc., Ames Laboratory Critical Materials Institute (CMI), Tru-Design and Momentum Technologies.

Magnet Applications, Inc. manufactured the starting composite pellets of the Additive Printed High Performance Magnets with 65 volume percent isotropic NdFeB powder and 35 percent polyamide nylon-12 binder. The 3D printing was performed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the Big Area Additive Manufacturing System (BAAM). These are the first rare earth bonded magnets created using this system, which allows for rapid production with no size or shape limitations while reducing energy consumption, lowering production costs and conserving rare earth elements.

The development team, led by ORNL’s Parans Paranthaman, includes two members from Magnet Applications Inc.: Dr. John Ormerod, Senior Technical Adviser, and Bob Fredette, Applications Engineer.

“We are proud to have been part of the development team for the 3D printed magnets,” commented Ormerod. “The recognition for this innovative breakthrough, and by the team at ORNL, is a testament to our commitment to offer our customers the latest in magnet engineering advancements no matter the application. We’re honored to be listed among so many outstanding companies and people focused on developing breakthroughs in science and technology.”

Bob Fredette added, “ORNL’s facilities are at the forefront of innovation and it is gratifying to be part of their team on this project. We are constantly looking for ways to advance magnetic engineering in the marketplace and this opportunity reflects that.”


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