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Orbital Composites, ORNL collaborate to advance robotic polymer and composite AM

Orbital Composites, ORNL collaborate to advance robotic polymer and composite AM
The research will focus on the development of a commercially-ready system capable of robotic overprinting on pre-manufactured non-planar surfaces, with multi-material polymers and continuous fiber. 

University of Kentucky, ORNL partner to turn coal into high-value carbon fiber

University of Kentucky, ORNL partner to turn coal into high-value carbon fiber
The $10 million research partnership will focus on creating energy-efficient and cost-effective processes for the manufacturing of carbon fiber.

IACMI collaboration aims to develop carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks

IACMI collaboration aims to develop carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks
The $2.7 million U.S. Department of Energy funding supports the vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage distribution and use.

Techmer PM, SK Capital strategic partnership better serves global customers

Techmer PM, SK Capital strategic partnership better serves global customers
The investment enables Techmer to satisfy growing demands from brand owners and international clients.

DOE announces funding for projects supporting composites for vehicle applications

DOE announces funding for projects supporting composites for vehicle applications
Composite recipients Ford and GM will develop a multi-functional cross-car beam and volume manufacturing of structural battery enclosures.

additive manufacturing composite molds for concrete infrastructure

Composites speed concrete facade fabrication
The 45-story One South First building, on the 11-acre Domino Park campus in Brooklyn, N.Y., features a geometrically complex concrete facade made, in part, with composite molds fabricated using large-format additive manufacturing.

Commercial-scale carbon fiber recycling comes to Tennessee

Commercial-scale carbon fiber recycling comes to Tennessee
Accepting carbon fiber waste materials now, Carbon Fiber Recycling will recycle 2,000 tons of carbon fiber waste per year at its Tennessee facility. 

Developing new solutions to multimaterial joining

Developing new solutions to multimaterial joining
Several recent IACMI partner projects focus on technology innovation related to challenges in multimaterial joining for the wind and automotive sectors.

Enabling a circular economy approach to advanced composites innovation, manufacturing and use, Part 2

Enabling a circular economy approach to advanced composites innovation, manufacturing and use, Part 2
IACMI chief technology officer Uday Vaidya reflects on IACMI’s role in improving composites’ recyclability and reusability.

Volkswagen, ORNL, UT collaborate on innovation hub

Volkswagen, ORNL, UT collaborate on innovation hub
Initial work at Volkswagen’s first North American innovation hub will focus on developing composite vehicle components and electrification of vehicles.

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The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2020)
In the boatbuilding and marine markets, the increasing size and number of outboards per boat is driving the need for reduced weight in composite hulls and decks.

ORNL, AddUp collaborate on additive manufacturing for tooling applications

ORNL, AddUp collaborate on additive manufacturing for tooling applications
As part of an R&D agreement, AddUp and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing industrial laser powder bed fusion technology for complex tooling.

IACMI: Driving innovation in the advanced composites industry

IACMI: Driving innovation in the advanced composites industry
Since its start in 2015, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has come a long way in its mission of advancing composites innovation. CTO Uday Vaidya reflects on the past five years.

University of Tennessee adds advanced manufacturing certificate

University of Tennessee adds advanced manufacturing certificate
Available in-person or online, the advanced manufacturing program will begin offering classes in January 2020.

IACMI Project 3.2 tools

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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