3D Printing used for the development of carbon fibre feedstocks to allow new composites

is the main target of a new joint initiative between 3D printer maker Stratasys and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
In addition, the partners aim to develop in-process inspection to assure the quality and suitability for service of carbon composite parts in pursuit of both lighter parts and reducing energy.

The ORNL of the US Department of Energy (DOE) is working on many initiatives at its Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) in pursuit of commercialising new products more quickly, and revitalising the global competitiveness of US manufacturing.

As far as additive manufacturing is concerned, the goal is to take the  fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology of Stratasys mainstream.

Beyond reducing energy use via lighter-weight transportation vehicles, the additive manufacturing or 3D printing process itself is more efficient than traditional subtractive manufacturing processes, such as machining parts or machining production tools and molds.

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