Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The laboratory's carbon fiber work is focused on reducing production cost of industrial-grade carbon fiber to enable widespread deployment in high-volume, cost-sensitive energy applications.

1 Bethel Valley Rd.
PO Box 2008, MS-6196
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6196 US


As Seen In CompositesWorld

ORNL compression mold for Ford Motor.

CAMX 2017 preview: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN, US) is showcasing several next-generation manufacturing technologies from the US Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.

ORNL/US Navy 3D-printed submarine hull demonstrator

Large-format 3D printer builds carbon fiber-reinforced submarine
Oak Ridge National Laboratory teams up with US Navy to 3D-print demonstrator submarine hull for Navy SEALs application.

Additive manufacturing and composites: An update
Additive manufacturing has only begun to tap the potential available in the composite industry.

4M completes reverse merger with Woodland Holdings Corp.
4M Industrial Oxidation was created to commercialize exclusively-licensed atmospheric plasma oxidation technology.

IACMI, Local Motors partner on composites development and large-scale additive manufacturing
IACMI’s integration of large-scale additive manufacturing and composite materials for vehicle applications seeks to challenge existing designs and define new components to meet longevity and crash performance requirements.

Techmer PM collaborates with industry partners on 3D-printed tooling technology
Techmer PM custom formulated high-temperature polymer materials with carbon fiber that ORNL used to 3D-print the tools.

Earth Stewardship: The future of composites development
Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnerships holds great promise for advanced composites.

New Harper, ORNL project to focus on carbon fiber production equipment
The project includes analysis of critical processing factors, such as temperature, gas flow and chemical reaction, in carbon fiber production equipment.

CAMX 2016 Show Report
The 3rd annual joint ACMA/SAMPE-sponsored trade event comes to Anaheim with an exhibition and conference program attractive to professionals across the composites world.

3D-printed, autoclave-capable mold, in-person
Drs. Ahmed Hassen and Vlastamil Kunc, who fabricated the first autoclavable thermoplastic composite mold using a large-format 3D printer, will give a presentation at Carbon Fiber 2016, Nov. 9-11 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Pultrusion, 3D printing, automation and SMC are ACE winners
ACMA's Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) announced at CAMX 2016 in Anaheim, California, last week.

Ingersoll Machine Tools, ORNL to develop very large 3D printing system
The Wide and High Additive Manufacturing (WHAM) will target a laydown rate of 1,000 lb/hr on a build envelope of 23 by 10 by 46 ft.

3D-printed composites tool receives Guinness World Records title
The tool will be used to secure the Boeing 777x jet’s composite wing skin for drilling and machining before assembly.

CAMX 2016 preview: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee) showing two applications of 3D printed molds.

Newly formed LeMond Composites signs agreement with ORNL
The company's “breakthrough” process will reportedly reduce production costs by more than 50% relative to the lowest cost industrial grade carbon fiber.

Cincinnati Inc., ORNL sign additive manufacturing patent agreement
Under the agreement, Cincinnati Inc. may make, use or sell the lab’s patented developments of enhanced additive manufacturing.

Fiber reinforcement forms (2017)
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

ORNL seeks licensees for its low-cost carbon fiber technology
After several years of material and process development, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is ready to license its carbon fiber manufacturing process, which could reduce production costs by up to 50%.

IACMI – One insider’s perspective
A CW columnist, a composites industry consultant and the chief commercialization officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (Knoxville, TN, US), Dale Brosius asks, “What if we took a ‘big hat’ approach to reach faster, more cost-effective solutions?”

The markets: Automotive (2017)
The world’s automakers are a mere two model development cycles from US CAFE and EU emissions compliance due dates in the 2020-2025 timeframe. Faced with a one-two punch in fuel-economy and carbon-dioxide (CO2) emission standards, lightweighting has become a vehicle design imperative.

Product Categories of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Materials analysis
Product design
Testing, materials
Testing, product