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Title: Explore the Techno-Economic Viability of Using Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing (AM) For High-Performance Windows

Abstract

Use of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM) technology, in window design and construction is an under-explored area of research. Given the rapid advancements in AM technology and the potential for AM to address significant challenges associated with window design and manufacturing, there was a need to explore the feasibility of using AM technology. Alcoa’s Kawneer (Alcoa Building and Construction Systems) partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) to explore the technical and commercial viability of large-scale 3D printing technologies with Kawneer’s AM window design. The project combined Alcoa/Kawneer’s design and expertise with ORNL’s equipment capability to create and study the world’s first 3D printed window using Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology. The results show that AM is useful for creating custom window shapes and sizes. With AM, more efficient windows can be made by sealing the glass pane into the printed frame during the printing process. In addition to energy savings, the use of AM reduces the manual labor required to produce custom windows.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1479724
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-2018/1032
CRADA/NFE-16-03672
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Love, Lonnie J., Roschli, Alex C., Post, Brian K., and Gaul, Katherine T. Explore the Techno-Economic Viability of Using Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing (AM) For High-Performance Windows. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1479724.
Love, Lonnie J., Roschli, Alex C., Post, Brian K., & Gaul, Katherine T. Explore the Techno-Economic Viability of Using Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing (AM) For High-Performance Windows. United States. doi:10.2172/1479724.
Love, Lonnie J., Roschli, Alex C., Post, Brian K., and Gaul, Katherine T. Sat . "Explore the Techno-Economic Viability of Using Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing (AM) For High-Performance Windows". United States. doi:10.2172/1479724. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1479724.
@article{osti_1479724,
title = {Explore the Techno-Economic Viability of Using Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing (AM) For High-Performance Windows},
author = {Love, Lonnie J. and Roschli, Alex C. and Post, Brian K. and Gaul, Katherine T.},
abstractNote = {Use of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM) technology, in window design and construction is an under-explored area of research. Given the rapid advancements in AM technology and the potential for AM to address significant challenges associated with window design and manufacturing, there was a need to explore the feasibility of using AM technology. Alcoa’s Kawneer (Alcoa Building and Construction Systems) partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) to explore the technical and commercial viability of large-scale 3D printing technologies with Kawneer’s AM window design. The project combined Alcoa/Kawneer’s design and expertise with ORNL’s equipment capability to create and study the world’s first 3D printed window using Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) technology. The results show that AM is useful for creating custom window shapes and sizes. With AM, more efficient windows can be made by sealing the glass pane into the printed frame during the printing process. In addition to energy savings, the use of AM reduces the manual labor required to produce custom windows.},
doi = {10.2172/1479724},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {9}
}

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