Ramaco Carbon Up and Printing

Cinder Destefano, Ramaco Carbon's director of operations, shows off one of the three 3-D printers now in use. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Cinder Destefano, Ramaco Carbon's director of operations, shows off one of the three 3-D printers now in use. (Photo by Pat Blair)

With three 3-D printers onsite at a facility on Val Vista in Sheridan, Ramaco Carbon is up and running, turning out creations ranging from a model of the Eiffel Tower to breakaway hondos and prototype resin chips.

Charlie Atkins, who's Ramaco's director of research and development, says the company could be in the planned new facility north of Sheridan by this time next year.

In the meantime, Atkins said Ramaco took over the current building from Modern Electric and renovated the building to accommodate the 3-D printers. He said a team of people came to Sheridan from California in August to deliver and install the equipment and train Ramaco personnel in the operation.

He explained how the process works.

Atkins said the earliest 3-D printers, which were very slow, cumbersome and not very accurate, were developed 20 or 25 years ago, but the systems used for actual production have only been in use for about five years.

Those systems, he said, are getting exponentially better every year. He said speakers at a show he attended recently in Chicago predicted that within the next few years, 75 percent of manufactured goods under a certain size will probably be made through 3-D printing.

He said that's because the cost of 3-D printing is going down dramatically, and the quality is going up.

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Destefano, left, and Charlie Atkins, Ramaco director of research and development. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Destefano, left, and Charlie Atkins, Ramaco director of research and development. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A lineup of some of the products being made at the Ramaco facility in Sheridan. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A lineup of some of the products being made at the Ramaco facility in Sheridan. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A fishing reel made by a Ramaco 3-D printer. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A fishing reel made by a Ramaco 3-D printer. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another Ramaco product - a model of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another Ramaco product - a model of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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