MELD™ technology, developed and patented by MELD™ Manufacturing Corporation, Christiansburg, Virginia, USA, has been selected as a finalist in the R&D 100 Awards. Now in their 56th year, the awards honour the 100 most innovative technologies introduced in the past year.
MELD Manufacturing Corporation launched in April 2018, introducing its MELD technology, a no-melt process for metal Additive Manufacturing and for coating, repairing, altering and joining metal parts.
Since its launch, the technology has received the Rapid + TCT innovation award, been selected by the US Army as part of its inaugural Army Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch), and been awarded funding by the USA’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to support research into its use as a method for recycling battlefield scrap metal for repairs and manufacturing in the field.
“Our mission with MELD is to revolutionise manufacturing and enable the design and manufacture of products not previously possible,” explained Nanci Hardwick, MELD CEO. “MELD is a whole new category of AM. For example, we’re able to work with unweldable materials, operate our equipment in open-atmosphere, produce much larger parts that other additive processes, and avoid the many issues associated with melt-based technologies.”
The R&D 100 Awards programme highlights innovations in the categories of Analytical/Test, IT/Electrical, Mechanical Devices/Materials, Process/Prototyping, and Software/Services, while also presenting Special Recognition Awards in the categories of Market Disruptor Services, Market Disruptor Products, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Green Tech. Finalists are selected by more than fifty judges from a range of industries.
Winners for the R&D 100 Awards will be announced in a special ceremony on November 16, 2018, during the annual R&D 100 Conference at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida.