Ramaco Gets Final Certification from Carbon 3-D

Ramaco Carbon has received final certification from the company that makes its 3-D printers. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
Ramaco Carbon has received final certification from the company that makes its 3-D printers. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)

Ramaco Carbon of Sheridan has received the final certification from Carbon 3-D, the company that manufactures the 3-D printers that Ramaco uses.

Charlie Atkins, who's Ramaco's director of research and development, said the company is now getting referrals from Carbon 3-D for customers.

In addition to now being able to receive those referrals from Carbon 3-D, Atkins said Ramaco in the meantime has been working with a number of different businesses, some locally, to produce prototypes of various items that those companies are considering putting into full production.

Ramaco's longer-range plans are to produce products using 3-D printing and coal-based carbon materials, but the current production method uses petroleum-based carbons.

Atkins said there are almost no products that can't be created using 3-D printing.

He said the range of products goes from medical equipment to materials used in aviation and aerospace.

Atkins said Ramaco's current manufacturing operations are limited to items that are about a foot tall, seven inches deep and five and a half inches wide. But, he added, the technology is continually changing, with 3-D printers coming on the market that can make parts 20 feet long and 10 feet high.

He said the technology is changing at a very rapid rate, and he doesn't think there's going to be a limit on the size of parts or products that can be made with 3-D printers.

A sample of products Ramaco's printers can make. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
A sample of products Ramaco's printers can make. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
A model of the Eiffel Tower made by a 3-D printer. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
A model of the Eiffel Tower made by a 3-D printer. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
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