American Additive Manufacturing Production Tool Is Selected As One of 5 Nominees For The HANNOVER MESSE 2016 HERMES Award

April 11, 2016
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Kathy Zoeller
Mattson Communications, Inc.


American Additive Manufacturing Production Tool Is Selected As One of 5 Nominees For The HANNOVER MESSE 2016 HERMES Award

Hannover, Germany and Chicago – Atlanta, Georgia-based DDM Systems' flagship ceramic production tool, the LAMP™ System CPT6060, has been selected as one of 5 nominees for the 2016 HERMES Award presented at HANNNOVER MESSE 2016, the world’s largest industrial technology event. DDM Systems is the only company from the United States to receive this prestigious international industrial award nomination. The 2016 HERMES Award is given to first-time exhibitors whose products showcase technological innovation, industrial productivity, environmental sustainability, and economic and social impacts in the global industrial automation field. The award will be presented at the HANNOVER MESSE 2016 Opening Ceremony in the presence of President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 24, 2016.

“We are deeply honored to be the only company from the United States selected as one of the five 2016 HERMES nominees,” said Founder & CEO of DDM Systems Dr. Suman Das. “This award honors first time HANNOVER MESSE exhibitors whose products are highly innovative, disrupting the state of manufacturing across a broad range of industries. The LAMP™ System CPT6060 perfectly embodies the HERMES Award’s evaluation criteria, and we are extremely pleased that our solution was selected in the year that for the first time the United States is the HANNOVER MESSE Partner Country.”

Manufacturing complex metal parts through investment casting has become integral to producing high-precision components critical to aerospace, energy, biomedical and automotive industries, to name a few. Historically, investment casting has been a time consuming and labor intensive process that requires at least 12 major steps. The LAMP™ System CPT6060, a direct digital approach to manufacturing, allows for much faster production than traditional investment casting by eliminating up to seven of the 12 steps, multiple tooling processes and up to 90 percent of scrap.

“This year, the number of U.S. applications for the HERMES Award was extremely high with many companies submitting solutions that address the main topics of Industry 4.0 and Energy Systems In The Future,” said President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA Larry Turner. “DDM Systems is a highly-disruptive additive manufacturing company at the forefront of innovation and process optimization and is a perfect example of U.S. technologies that are revolutionizing global manufacturing.”

DDM Systems will join more than 420 U.S. delegates attending HANNOVER MESSE 2016 to showcase American innovation.

DDM Systems was founded in 2012 by Dr. Suman Das and Dr. John Halloran, Co-Principal Investigators for a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded Disruptive Manufacturing Technology (DMT) project that began in 2007. This collaboration culminated in the invention and optimization of Large Area Maskless Photopolymerization (LAMP™) — a breakthrough technology for the tool-less, on-demand and affordable direct digital manufacturing (DDM) of ceramic cores and molds for investment casting of high-precision and high-performance components such as airfoils for turbine engines. Pre-commercialization funding to support DDM Systems' incubation was provided by VentureLab — a Georgia Institute of Technology business incubator, ranked #2 University Business Incubator in the world for 2013. The company launched commercialization activities in 2013 with a seed round from private investors.

About DDM Systems

DDM Systems delivers custom, high-precision technology platforms and proprietary material formulations, in addition to high-end research and development services for the additive manufacturing and restoration of 3D industrial parts and components. DDM starts with intricate high-definition digital models, then creates tailored defect-free 3D designs, layer-by-layer, using patented technology and advanced ceramic materials for investment casting and metal powders for additive manufacturing to produce high-value metal components without tooling. The company also provides targeted testing, prototyping, and process optimization services for select customers keen on raising their benchmarks for innovation, cost, production time, performance, and sustainability. Visit for more information about DDM Systems.

HANNOVER MESSE – Get new technology first!

The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology runs from April 25 to 29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany. HANNOVER MESSE 2016 features five parallel trade fairs: Industrial Automation, Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply, and Research & Technology. The core topics for 2016 are industrial automation and IT, energy and environmental engineering, innovative subcontracting solutions and lightweight design, and research and development. The United States of America is Partner Country of HANNOVER MESSE 2016.