2017: A Year of Achievement

December 21, 2017

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Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) partners include a diverse group of national laboratories, companies (for-profit and not-for-profit), state and local governments, and universities, but they all have one thing in common: they are working together to achieve common goals and drive innovation in manufacturing. Our partners leverage the resources and expertise of our world-class national laboratories and connect with one another to advance the most innovative ideas and technologies in manufacturing. Being at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies in manufacturing and energy is paramount to U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace. While many incredible achievements and contributions to the future of advanced manufacturing don’t gain the national spotlight, a number of AMO partners, projects, and people received prestigious recognitions throughout 2017 for outstanding work.

Here are just a few examples of notable achievements.

  • The U.S. Navy’s Disruptive Technology Lab received the prestigious NAVSEA Commanders Award for Innovation in recognition of the military’s first 3D-printed submersible hull which they built in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory won an Architecture Magazine R&D Award for the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project, an integrated energy system that includes a 3D-printed house and vehicle along with many other innovative energy technologies.
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TPI Composites, Inc., and Wetzel Engineering, Inc. received the 2017 Regional Partnership Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for using large-scale 3D printing to test new wind blade designs.
The Navy’s first 3D-printed submersible hull prototype is made up of six carbon fiber composite pieces. Fleet-capable prototypes could be introduced as early as 2019.
The Navy’s first 3D-printed submersible hull prototype is made up of six carbon fiber composite pieces. Fleet-capable prototypes could be introduced as early as 2019.
  • The Industrial Applications Team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received the 2017 Lab Director’s Award for Exceptional Societal Impact Achievement, in recognition of its contributions to the development and advancement of ISO 50001, the global standard for energy management business practices.

We congratulate all of the award recipients and look forward to continuing to support innovative, early stage R&D to make U.S. manufacturing more competitive.

Blade 0, pictured above, is the first wind blade manufactured from a 3D-printed mold through a partnership between the Advanced Manufacturing Office, Wind Energy Technologies Office, national labs, and private sector partners

Blade 0, pictured above, is the first wind blade manufactured from a 3D-printed mold through a partnership between the Advanced Manufacturing Office, Wind Energy Technologies Office, national labs, and private sector partners. This project received the 2017 Regional Partnership Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.