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Additive manufacturing, also know as 3D printing, has helped spark a creative manufacturing renaissance, allowing companies to create products in new ways while also reducing material waste, saving energy and shortening the time needed to bring products to market. Learn more about this game-changing technology.

Manufacturing is the lifeblood of the American economy -- providing jobs for hard working American families and helping increase U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace.

The Energy Department is committed to growing America’s manufacturing industry by helping companies become leaders in the production of clean energy technologies like electric vehicles, LED bulbs and solar panels. The Department is also working with manufacturers to increase their energy productivity by implementing energy efficiency measures. 


Wide Bandgap Semiconductors: Essential to Our Technology Future

Learn how wide bandgap semiconductor-based power electronics could impact clean energy technology and our daily lives.

Slideshow: Building a Better Future One Robot at a Time

High school students are incorporating cutting-edge manufacturing techniques into robots, while pushing the boundaries of research forward.

Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Carbon Fiber
The Energy Department’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides clean energy companies and researchers with the opportunity to develop less expensive, better-performing carbon fiber materials and manufacturing processes. Pictured here is the carbon fiber conversion line with the in-line melt spinner. The melt-spinner will be used to produce new precursor fibers that will then be converted to carbon fiber. In collaboration with industrial partners, these fibers will be used to produce prototype composite parts for applications, such as automotive parts, wind turbine blades and thermal insulation. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Think you know about carbon fiber? Test your knowledge with our top 9 carbon fiber facts.

Ensuring American Leadership in Clean Energy Manufacturing
Manufacturing is the bedrock of the American economy, representing nearly 12 percent of our gross domestic product and providing good, high-paying jobs for middle class families. That's why the Energy Department is working to boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. | Photo courtesy of Alcoa.

A look at how we're working to boost U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing.

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Combined Heat and Power
Learn how combined heat and power could strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, lower energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.

Combined heat and power could help U.S. manufacturers save money, lower their energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions. Find out more about this type of energy-efficient power generation.