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About | Manufacturing Science

Delivering innovation and scientific breakthroughs in next-generation advanced manufacturing

The Manufacturing Science Division focuses on the development and implementation of next-generation advanced manufacturing technologies through research and scale-up of new processes and technical capabilities enabling new materials, systems and products. The division has three primary focus areas: energy efficient manufacturing science, precision manufacturing and machining and secure and digital manufacturing.

Researchers develop technologies to scale up the manufacturing of fiber and composite processes for the fabrication of functional components in energy applications. Machining research focuses on precision manufacturing and includes the design, implementation and scale-up of next generation manufacturing systems and processes through the integration of robotics, automation, controls, and machine tools. Secure and digital manufacturing research develops a digital manufacturing platform and a cyber-secure manufacturing ecosystem by integrating a wide variety of manufacturing systems enabled by advanced data analytics, process control and secure communications.

The Manufacturing Science Division utilizes the resources of the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF). The MDF is the nation’s only designated user facility focused on performing early-stage research and development to improve the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of American manufacturers. The MDF leverages a range of equipment and expertise designed to deliver results that generate energy efficiency improvements in the manufacturing sector. The CFTF is the nation’s only designated user facility for carbon fiber innovation and provides a platform for identifying high-potential, low-cost raw materials including textile, lignin, polymer and hydrocarbon-based precursors.