ORNL wins composite R&D award

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have received an R&D award.

The research focused on improving thermoplastic composite manufacture using additive manufacturing-compression molding (AM-CM). According to ORNL, it developed an automated process to produce composite structures at higher production rates.

“This process addresses shortcomings in existing advanced additive and traditional processes while retaining their desirable features and has the potential to become a dominant manufacturing process for polymers and composites,” the lab said.