Manufacturing Systems Research

Manufacturing Systems Research

Through exploration of new energy-efficient next-generation materials and innovative processes, ORNL’s Manufacturing Systems Research Group has introduced a variety of technologies, including strong lightweight materials for more efficient transportation and other energy applications. Priorities include additive manufacturing or 3D printing, carbon fiber and composites, materials for harsh conditions, rare-earth metals, sensors and controls, modeling and data analysis for manufacturing, and roll-to-roll processing. 

Manufacturing Systems Research


Cleated Print Surface for Fused Deposition Modeling

FDM (fused deposition modeling) has become popular among Additive Manufacturing technologies due to its speed, geometric scalability, and low cost; however, the primitive nature of the FDM build...

Electron Beam Curing of Composite Positive Electrode for Li-Ion Battery

Electron beam cured acrylated polyurethanes have been successfully used as novel binders for positive electrodes for Li-ion batteries. The cross-linked polymer after electron beam curing coheres...

Development of a range-extended electric vehicle powertrain for an integrated energy systems research printed utility vehicle

Rapid vehicle and powertrain development has become essential to for the design and implementation of vehicles that meet and exceed the fuel efficiency, cost, and performance targets expected by...

Capabilities & Research Areas

ORNL is collaborating with equipment manufacturers and end users to advance state-of-the-art technologies and revolutionize the way products are designed and built using additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Access to ORNL’s expertise and world leading capabilities in material synthesis, characterization, and process technology is available through the MDF Technical Collaborations Program which is designed to assist manufacturing industries to implement new manufacturing concepts and methods.