Capabilities

Capabilities

Systems Development

Additive manufacturing (AM) is still a very small market.  AM systems are limited by the costs of materials, rates of fabrication, reliability of processes, integration with other processes and limitations in layer-by-layer deposition.  Historically, additive manufacturing has been limited to small build envelopes at low deposition rates with limited materials that are sold by the...

Modeling and Advanced Characterization

Few additively manufactured components are currently being used in production environments due to the challenges and costs associated with the certification and qualification of components.  The current state of the industry is to certify components by using design allowables; an expensive method requiring fixed processing conditions. ORNL in collaboration with industry and other federal...

Controls and Analysis

Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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 improved properties using the low cost feedstocks available.  As systems are enhanced, additional applications for energy efficiency and renewable energy...

Advanced Materials

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. New, lower-cost, high-temperature materials for boiler, turbine and other components are needed to support potential gains in energy efficiency that can be made...