To demonstrate an integrated approach to advanced manufacturing technologies that support smarter energy generation, storage and consumption, DowAksa joined a cross-disciplinary research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to produce an at-scale 3-D printed building using DowAksa carbon fiber. The so-called “3-D printed house” was unveiled as a keynote innovation at the opening of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “EERE Industry Day” in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on September 23.
As part of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project, the additively manufactured (3-D printed) structure complements a printed natural gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle. Together, they function as a reliable, resilient, advanced energy alternative to grid-dependent energy power sources.
“DowAksa USA was pleased to contribute our carbon fiber materials and know-how to Oak Ridge’s team of experts to demonstrate next-generation structural manufacturing,” said Eric Coleman, General Manager for DowAksa USA. “Our CarbonWrap® fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) system, the world’s first FRP technology, is already a leading infrastructure solution to cost-effectively repair and restore concrete, masonry, steel and timber structures. The AMIE 3-D printed structure allows DowAksa to leverage our new collaboration with Oak Ridge and other partners in the new IACMI Composite Institute, as part of the U.S. Government’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.”
For more information about the AMIE project, see www.ornl.gov/amie.