EESD Review: Research Area

Research Area: Advanced Manufacturing

3D printed collimators for neutron scattering enables new science and lowers costs

Disruptive technologies like 3D printing have made a big impact in manufacturing, in part by lowering costs and expediting production. Now, 3D printing might be making a similar impact on neutron scattering, too. Researchers and engineers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National...

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Exascale Computing: Accelerating the Path to Born-Qualified

The science of metal additive manufacturing (AM) today is focused on the quest for born-qualified parts: components that can roll off the print bed and be ready for direct use, including in critical structures like vehicles, airplanes and power plants. To accelerate the work, the Department of...

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World’s first medium/large-scale 3D thermoset printer installed at ORNL in partnership with Magnum Venus Products

Magnum Venus Products (MVP), in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), recently celebrated the installation of the first commercially available medium/large-scale thermoset 3D printer at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. MVP and ORNL hosted a a...

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Printing better materials

On the surface, additively manufactured parts may seem like just a series of really small welds, but the minute details of exactly how you print a component play a significant role in its performance. The approach is substantially different from that of traditional manufacturing, where the links...

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Moving into the future with 3D printing

It’s been more than three decades since inventor Chuck Hull created stereolithography, a process that produces 3D objects by hardening a liquid resin with an ultraviolet laser beam. Devices using this process, widely considered the first 3D printers, are still in use today, but they are hardly...

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Setting sail in the world of composites: Vlastimil Kunc

Vlastimil Kunc grew up in a family of scientists where his natural curiosity was encouraged—an experience that continues to drive his research today in polymer composite additive manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “I’ve been interested in the science of composites since a...

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HPC4Manufacturing, HPC4Materials projects at ORNL focus on metal additive manufacturing, industrial heat recovery

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will collaborate with industrial partners on two projects under the latest round of awards by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of its High Performance Computing programs to support the manufacturing industry and to help develop advanced materials....

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Engineering the future of manufacturing: Brian Post

Brian Post came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) looking for a way to combine his interests in controls engineering and robotics, and he found it at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), where he and his colleagues are revolutionizing 3D-printing with every improvement they make...

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A slice of the intern life with Elizabeth Yeoh-Wang

Inspired by her computer science studies and the possibilities of 3D-printing, intern Elizabeth Yeoh-Wang found a way to combine those pursuits as she worked on a software project at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) last summer. Elizabeth, a...

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Neutrons peer into a running engine

In a first-of-a-kind experiment, researchers used neutrons to investigate the performance of a new aluminum alloy in a gasoline-powered engine—while the engine was running. A team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked with industry partners to perform the test,...

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