Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Innovations… Today

Illustrator: Nathan Armistead

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The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has 110,000 sq. ft. of space with world leading advanced manufacturing capabilities that enables visiting scientists to complete early-stage research and development to improve the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of American manufacturers.

Some notable 3D printing achievements at MDF include the production of a Shelby Cobra, the first 3D printed submarine for the Navy, and a 17.5 ft long, 5.5 ft wide, and 1.5 ft tall tool for building aircraft that holds the Guinness World record for the largest solid item ever 3D printed.

Artist’s Note:

The results of the MDF are incredibly impressive in scale and complexity. For this poster we decided to focus on these attributes conceptually rather than literally, in a way that leans into the futurism of the 50s and the technological fascination of the 80s. In the poster, an idealized depiction of our BAAM 3D printer puts the finishing touches on a retrofuturistic car under the watchful eyes of three silhouetted employees, bathed in an industrial sci-fi ambience. —Armistead