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 US

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Carbon fiber/epoxy for automotive mass reduction, mass production
IACMI precompetitive research explores carbon fiber-reinforced prepreg, SMC with novel matrix for structural passenger-car applications.

UMaine Composites Center's 3D printer named world's largest
The university now holds world records for the largest prototype polymer 3D printer, largest solid 3D-printed object and largest 3D-printed boat.

CAMX 2019 technical paper, poster session award winners announced
The award winners include researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Research Council Canada, Mitsubishi Electric and several U.S. university programs.

Additive manufacturing reimagined: large-scale, fiber-reinforced thermoset printing
ORNL, MVP and Polynt-Reichhold launch world’s first commercially available, large-scale thermoset composite additive manufacturing machine and reactive print material.

Montefibre Carbon unveils its first carbon fiber PAN precursor
The company’s 80K carbon fiber precursor for non-aerospace use is expected to be available by mid-2020. 

Carbon Fiber conference 2019

Carbon Fiber 2019 registration now open
The Carbon Fiber conference will take place Nov. 19-21, 2019 in Knoxville, Tenn., U.S.

3D printing

New research collaboration to advance efforts to 3D print with wood products
The ORNL and UMaine research team will work with the forest products industry to produce new bio-based materials that will be conducive to 3D printing a variety of products.

coal carbon fiber precursor

Research of developing coal, oil into low-cost carbon fiber advances
Western Research Institute and academic and industry partners advance into the second year of a research project to turn coal, crude oil and biomass into low-cost carbon fiber.

carbon fiber LT simulation

Harper, Oak Ridge National Labs progress in carbon fiber simulation joint project
The companies have completed the first phase of the joint project, developing a computational model for low-temperature pre-carbonization furnaces.

3D printing

ORNL develops lignin-based composite 3D printing material
Researchers have found that combining lignin with nylon yields a composite with increased room temperature stiffness and decreased melt viscosity.

CAMX 2018 Large-scale Thermoset 3D Printing

CAMX 2018: Big changes coming
3D printing goes thermoset, pultrusion aims at automotive, a polyester resin with Tg>250°C and much more from the Dallas exhibit floor.

Musings on my first CAMX
Insights and inspiration from the 2018 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo which was held in Dallas, TX, US last week. 

chopped recycled carbon fiber

IACMI consortium aims to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg scrap
Carbon fiber recycling start up Vartega leads a project to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications.

composites and advanced materials

2018 CAMX Award finalists announced
The winning entries will be announced and presented during the General Session at CAMX on Tuesday, Oct.16 in Dallas, TX, US.

large 3D printer

Ingersoll showcases 3D printed winglet layup tool at IMTS
The part was printed with large 3D printing technology developed by Ingersoll Machine Tools and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

advanced composites manufacturing

IACMI and ORNL showcase additive manufacturing advancements at IMTS
Demonstration followed the journey of an additively manufactured metal die as it was 3D printed, machined and used to mold advanced composite parts.

smart composite pressure vessel

IACMI announces collaborative smart composite pressure vessel project
The goal of the collaboration is to develop structurally predictable, low-cost smart composite pressure vessels (SCPVs) with integrated health-monitoring.

Carbon Fiber 2018

Carbon Fiber 2018 issues call for papers
The Carbon Fiber 2018 conference will be held Dec. 4 – Dec. 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego, CA, US.

Additive manufacturing: Big and going commercial
A demonstration of large-format 3D printing delivers parts for an excavator cab, from CAD data to ready for assembly, in only five hours.

4M, ORNL and RMX Technologies to manufacture low-cost carbon fiber from textile PAN
The project’s objective is to demonstrate that standard modulus carbon fiber can be made from textile grade PAN precursor using less energy and processing time.

spread tow applications, carbon fiber tows

The spread of spread tow
Advancing from “lighter and thinner” to boosting strength, stiffness, impact resistance and productivity, spread tow unlocks new applications and markets.

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