October 8, 2015 | Category: Applications
Interview with Dr. Lonnie Love Group Leader - Automation, Robotics & Manufacturing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
By Penelope Brown
Public Affairs Director, AMT
Have you ever wondered how U.S. National Labs are affecting the manufacturing world? The key is in public-private partnerships that can solve real-world problems. Penny Brown interviewed Dr. Lonnie Love, group leader for Automation, Robotics & Manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, about the lab’s mission and currents projects, including a 3D-printed Shelby Cobra that earned a visit from President Obama.
“We’ve seen ourselves as bringing science to manufacturing,” Love says, “by developing a lot of scientific tools to help U.S. manufacturers become more competitive worldwide.” Oak Ridge focuses on emerging technologies, such as additive manufacturing and carbon fiber composites.
One of the primary uses of carbon fiber is in the automotive industry, which is striving to hit the 54.5-mpg CAFE standard by 2025. Love says, “You have two choices, making the car lighter or using an all-electric vehicle.” Oak Ridge has partnered with high-volume automakers in order to find an advanced manufacturing solution.
Government and private partnerships are a “win-win,” according to Love, because they enable researchers to work on real-world problems utilizing billions of dollars in research funds. At the end of the day, Oak Ridge can create incredible products, but “unless we have an industrial partner that wants to sell the products, it’s useless,” he says.
Watch the video at www.IMTS.com/IMTStv to hear more from Lonnie Love and learn more about how Oak Ridge is helping to grow a Smartforce with students and veterans.