Additive manufacturing enables the development of new materials with highly tailored, superior and/or functional performance taking advantage of the inherent microstructural design possible with these processes and technologies.
ORNL in collaboration with industry, and other federal agencies, is developing a framework to collect, analyze, and interpret process and performance data of additive components. The framework is made of several software applications that can be used individually or applied as a whole to understand the condition of the additive component.
Rapid characterization and evaluation of advanced manufacturing designs is essential for the development and deployment of critical components needed in the nuclear, gas turbine, aerospace and automotive industries.
ORNL is working on next generation systems that explore controls, hardware, feedstock condition, and software to develop new machines with high deposition rates, large build volumes, increase reliability, and improve properties using the low cost feedstocks available.