Research Highlights

Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy Demonstration

A research demonstration unveiled at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory combines clean energy technologies into a 3D-printed building and vehicle to showcase a new approach to energy use, storage and consumption.

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy...

ORNL Featured in Emerging Technology Center at IMTS 2016

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, will feature Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing and Integrated Energies in its Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, Sept. 12 – 17, 2016. 

AMT created the ETC as a...

ORNL and Ingersoll Machine Tools Collaborate on extremely large-scale 3D Printing Platform

Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. (Rockford, Illinois) announced at IMTS 2016 on Sept. 12 that it is forming a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee) to develop a very large additive manufacturing system featuring targeted laydown rates of 1,000 lb/hr on...

3D Printed Magnets Outperform Traditional

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated that permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing can outperform bonded magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical materials. This isotropic, neodymium-iron-boron...

Large- Scale, Additively Manufactured Sand Casting

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Emrgy Incorporated have fabricated gearbox housing patterns using additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing. The 3D printed gearbox housing patterns are used to create sand molds for casting final parts. Small-scale sand...

Building AMIE’s brain: EESR researchers take on home, vehicle energy challenges

The construction and demonstration of the Additive Manufacturing + Integrated Energy (AMIE) project was a unique opportunity to showcase Oak Ridge National Laboratory expertise and collaboration in many areas, including 3D printing and vehicle and residential technologies. The...

ORNL, Molex to develop and provide market access to low-cost wireless sensors

Efforts to bring ORNL’s wireless sensor platform to market are on target and proceeding as planned. In April 2015, ORNL formed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Molex, a premier international electronics manufacturer, to make the low-cost wireless sensors...

At the MDF: Printed tools hold promise for appliance manufacturing

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently worked with Whirlpool Corporation to print and machine a mold used to make refrigerator doors. The process took a single day, unlike the...

Neutrons peer into a running engine

In a first-of-a-kind experiment, researchers used neutrons to investigate the performance of a new aluminum alloy in a gasoline-powered engine—while the engine was running.

A team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked with industry partners to...

New large-area, multi-material 3D printer to advance research

A second large-volume 3D printer recently installed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) will be modified to print two different materials on one object, significantly advancing the materials research being performed by Oak Ridge National...

Materials -- Transferring heat

Reducing the energy and water that power plants require to convert heat to electricity could become easier with a novel heat exchanger designed and 3D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A research team achieved a 500 percent increase in thermal conductivity using a new...

Method to grow large single-crystal graphene could advance scalable 2D materials

A new method to produce large, monolayer single-crystal-like graphene films more than a foot long relies on harnessing a “survival of the fittest” competition among crystals. The novel technique, developed by a team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, may...