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Industrial Partners Plunge Into 3D Printing

Cincinnati, Oak Ridge National Lab and University of Tennessee Students Print 3D Car Parts for Local Motors at IMTS 2014

By Jim Montague

When you travel into new, strange and unknown territory, it's good to take along some friends—if not to escape all hurdles and injuries, then at least to share the setbacks and bruises evenly. This is the logic underpinning any good partnership. It was demonstrated successfully again in a recent group effort to produce the world's first 3D-printed car in just 44 hours with parts printed by Cincinnati's Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at September's International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago (Figure 1).

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