Manufacturing Demonstration Facility Overview
The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is DOE’s first research facility established to provide industry with affordable and convenient access to infrastructure, tools, and expertise to facilitate rapid adoption of advanced additive manufacturing technologies. The mission of the MDF is to develop and aid the adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) and composite technologies within U.S. small-, medium-, and large-scale industries for clean energy applications. The MDF is supported and managed by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, which is also a member of the America Makes Government Advisory Board. America Makes is the Manufacturing USA Institute dedicated to additive manufacturing, with the U.S. Department of Defense leading federal involvement.
Technology Focus Areas
- Improved Performance Characteristics of AM Components
- Qualification and Certification of AM Components for Intended End Use
- AM Systems Optimized to Achieve Mainstream Manufacturing Applications
- Comprehensive Understanding of AM Process Capabilities and Limits