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Augmented reality for large-scale 3d printing
Augmented reality for large-scale manufacturing

Revolutionizing advanced manufacturing with the digital factory

A thriving manufacturing sector is vital to the nation’s economic health and global security, yet few companies possess the research and development capacity essential to staying competitive. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) draws upon unmatched capabilities in materials, neutrons, and computational science to develop innovative manufacturing technologies, helping large and small companies alike. These efforts are directed toward solutions that will drive US economic competitiveness and energy productivity.

Using ORNL’s world-class resources for scientific discovery, such as Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), researchers can examine microstructures to better design new materials and fabrication methods, leverage multidisciplinary expertise for the development of new bio-based materials, and measure residual stress to certify printed components.


MedUSA, large-scale hybrid additive manufacturing system
"MedUSA," large-scale hybrid additive manufacturing platform

Next-Generation Manufacturing: The Digital Framework

ORNL is creating a digital framework suitable for a range of manufacturing technologies while integrating existing processes to provide new, optimized solutions.  This approach ensures that critical facilities and intellectual capital are accessible to industry while addressing US manufacturing challenges. ORNL is using unparalleled capabilities to advance next-generation energy-efficient manufacturing methods and systems. These capabilities include novel robotics, controls and automated systems; simulation, data analytics, visualization, artificial intelligence and machine learning.


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