ORNL, Momentum Technologies to commercialize first ever 3D printed magnet made from recycled materials

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has partnered with Dallas-based startup Momentum Technologies in the development, licensing, and commercialization of its groundbreaking 3D printed magnet technology.

The innovation first crossed the public’s radar back in November of 2016, when ORNL researchers proved that permanent magnets made by additive manufacturing can reliably outperform traditionally made magnets. As part of its initial study, the Department of Energy lab began fabricating isotropic, near-net-shape, neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) bonded magnets using the famed Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine.

The results were an instant success, producing 3D printed magnets that displayed magnetic, mechanical, and microstructural properties that were comparable or even better than those of traditionally made magnets (typically created through injection molding).

Now the ORNL has taken another huge step in pushing its 3D printed magnet technology forward, thanks to a new agreement with Momentum, a Dallas-based startup founded in 2016 by the Critical Materials Institute and the Department of Energy.

The new partnership will see Momentum commercialize the first 3D printed magnet produced from recycled materials. An extension of the young company’s commitment to its Membrane Solvent Extraction (MSX) technology, the ORNL-Momentum magnets will use MSX to recycle rare earth elements from electronic waste, an initiative Momentum was originally founded on.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 08:30
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