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  • President Obama Announces New Knoxville-Based Manufacturing Hub

    ORNL part of 122-member consortium

    President Obama visited Clinton, TN to announce a new manufacturing hub that will be centered in Knoxville, TN. The hub will be lead by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and $189 million from IACMI’s industry partners.

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  • ORNL research reveals unique capabilities of 3D printing

    Full article now available online

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.

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  • BOEING PILOTS TRAINING PROGRAM

    Boeing and ORNL launch pilot training program in additive manufacturing

    A team of ten Boeing technical experts converged at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL for a week-long pilot training program focused on additive manufacturing. The MDF will function as a portal for hands-on specialized technical training and provide industry-specific expertise to fulfill immediate needs and complement joint projects.

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  • ORNL research reveals unique capabilities of 3D printing

    Innovative 3-D printing process holds unparalleled potential for engineering, design

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.

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  • Local Motors & ORNL Partner to Create 3-D Printed Car

    Strati Car Printed Live at IMTS Show

    "This project represents the unique opportunity DOE’s National Laboratory System offers to the industry, to collaborate in an open environment to deliver fast, innovative, manufacturing solutions," said Craig Blue, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. "These partnerships are pushing the envelope on emerging technologies, such as large scale additive manufacturing, and accelerating the growth of manufacturing in the United States." (Photo Local Motors)

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  • DOE Trains Veterans in Advanced Manufacturing

    Program to Continue this Fall

    The first 24 participants marked the successful completion of the Advanced Manufacturing Internship program, a pilot effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

    Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman addressed the interns and attendees at a ceremony at Pellissippi State Community College, and discussed the importance of the program for the energy sector and other industries.

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  • UT-ORNL Gov Chair Babu, Winning Team

    Univ. of Tennessee Part of $140 Million White House Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

    UT-ORNL Governor's Chair for Advanced Manufacturing Suresh Babu will lead UT's effort as part of a Detroit-based Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation institute announced by President Obama on Tuesday.

    The institute is one of two -- the other based in Chicago -- funded by the Department of Defense to partner aluminum, titanium and high-strength steel manufacturers with universities and laboratories to develop new manufacturing technologies for consumer products and defense capabilities.

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  • An arm of ORNL at the White House

    Putting America at the Forefront of 21st Century Manufacturing

    A robotic arm, funded by the Office of Naval Research, made with 3-D printing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility was used as a backdrop Tuesday in the White House as President Obama announced new two manufacturing innovation institutes. (White House photo/Lawrence Jackson)

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  • ORNL and Local Motors sign CRADA

    Agreement will enable rapid design and manufacturing of vehicles through direct digital manufacturing

    Local Motors, Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed a new partnership to develop and deliver technology to produce the world’s first production 3-D printed vehicle.

    "By invoking the principle of open-source, this partnership – and future efforts like it – will drive a true paradigm shift in hardware product development and automotive manufacturing technologies,” said Jay Rogers, Co-Founder and CEO of Local Motors. “Just as exciting as the vision of delivering the first direct digital manufactured car, is that we will be engaging future consumers to contribute and evangelize its creation."

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  • ORNL, CINCINNATI Partner

    Pledge to develop commercial large-scale additive manufacturing system

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with Cincinnati Incorporated, a manufacturer of high quality machine tools located in Harrison, Ohio, to develop a large-scale polymer additive manufacturing (3-D printing) system.

    The project will draw on CINCINNATI’s experience in the design, manufacturing and control of large-scale manufacturing systems, especially laser cutting systems used in metal fabrication. CINCINNATI focuses on manufacturing powdered metal compacting presses, a process used to produce high volume production parts...

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  • FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION

    ORNL supports local teams in Smoky Mountains regional tournament

    Robotics fever continues to spread in East Tennessee, thanks in part to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s ongoing support for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Many ORNL staff members donate their time and expertise to mentoring local teams throughout the grueling six-week build season, during which students design and build a robot to meet the challenges of the year’s game.

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