Magnet Applications, Inc. Recognized for its R&D Advancements in 3D Printed NdFeB Magnets

3Dprintedmagnet_image1The Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers partnered with Magnet Applications, Inc. to develop an Additively Printed High Performance Magnet. This advancement in additive manufacturing won an award by R&D Magazine at the 55th annual R&D Conference.

DUBOIS, PA Magnet Applications, Inc., a leading provider of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets and magnetic assemblies to the automotive, medical, defense and aerospace industries, today 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., a Bunting Magnetics Company, 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 ORNLs 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. Were honored to be listed among so many outstanding companies and people focused on developing breakthroughs in science and technology.

Bob Fredette added, ORNLs 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.

About Magnet Applications, A Bunting Magnetics Company
Magnet Applications, Inc., is part of Bunting Magnetics Co. family of companies, a global provider of magnets and magnetic separation, metal detection and material handling equipment as well as a complete line of magnetic printing cylinders. Magnet Applications is the only North American manufacturer of compression bonded magnets, injection molded magnets, hybrid magnets and magnetic assemblies for the worldwide Automotive & Transportation, Industrial & Commercial, Medical Equipment, Military & Aerospace, Security and other industries. Its products are primarily used in PM motors and magnetic sensors. Magnet Applications, Inc. facilities are located in Dubois, Pennsylvania with sales support worldwide. The company is ITAR/DFARS and ISO 9001:2008 registered. For additional information, call 1-800-437-8890 or 1-814-375-9145 or visit Follow Magnet Applications on Twitter @MagApplications and LinkedIn.

About Bunting Magnetics Co.
Since the companys 1959 founding, Bunting Magnetics has led the industry in both durability and performance in its line metal detection, magnetic separation and material handling equipment as well as printing cylinders for several global markets: Recycling, food packaging and processing, feed and grain, plastics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, offset printing, metal stamping, automobile manufacturing and more. Bunting magnets are also available at Bunting Magnetics facilities are located in Newton, Kansas; suburban Chicago, Illinois; DuBois, Pennsylvania; Redditch, England and Berkhamsted, England. For additional information, call 1-800-835-2526 or +44 (0) 1442 875081 or visit or Follow Bunting Magnetics Co. on Twitter (@BuntingMagCo) and LinkedIn (Bunting Magnetics Co).