The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility is the Department of Energy’s only designated user facility for carbon fiber innovation, and provides a platform for identifying high-potential, low-cost raw materials.
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.
In collaboration with industry and other federal agencies, ORNL is developing a framework to collect, analyze, and interpret process and performance data of additive components.
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 feed s
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.