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Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

Revitalizing US Manufacturing 

The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), established in 2012, is the Department of Energy’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. Research focuses on manufacturing analysis and simulation, composites and polymer systems, metal powder systems, metrology and characterization, machine tooling, large-scale metal systems, and robotics and automation.

The MDF comprises a 110,000 sq. ft. facility housing integrated capabilities that drive the development of new materials, software, and systems for advanced manufacturing. From binder jetting to 3D tomography to in situ monitoring, the MDF leverages a range of equipment and expertise designed to deliver results that generate energy efficiency improvements in the manufacturing sector, efficiently utilize abundant and available domestic energy resources, and support the production of clean energy products with benefits extending across the nation’s economy.

Focus Areas


Developing metallic alloys and polymers designed for additive manufacturing, creating hybrid materials, and understanding the role of feedstocks.

Software & Metrology

Implementing physics-based simulations, 3D tomography, machine learning, data analysis and deploying rapid qualification tools.


Developing pick and place hybrid systems and optimizing advanced materials.

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Manufacturing 4.0

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