Scientific conferences choose Knoxville for innovation

Scientific conferences choose Knoxville for innovation

📅December 9th, 2015, 10:15
3-D printed car from ORNL's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.

3-D printed car from ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.

With two national scientific conferences in our facility this week, the Knoxville Convention Center welcomes industry leaders in two rapidly emerging fields – carbon fiber and energy and environmental technology. Meeting and convention planners select Knoxville for its central location and close proximity to heavy hitters in scientific innovation, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.

Carbon fiber technology and 3-D printing is the future of manufacturing technology, and East Tennessee is one the forefront of this emerging industry thanks to work by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and private companies, such as Local Motors. Leaders and experts in the industry are at the Knoxville Convention Center this week for CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2015.

Exhibitors at the conference will display the latest in carbon fiber and 3-D printing technologies – including a 3-D printed car constructed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that they pulled right onto our concourse!

On Tuesday, the conference offered the opportunity for guests to tour the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Development Facility at ORNL and see the advances in carbon fiber technology and additive manufacturing happening right here in East Tennessee. Keynote speakers and panels throughout the conference will highlight the design and fabrication of carbon fiber structures and parts, as well as applications in wind energy, automotive, aerospace and additive manufacturing.

20151208_144442_resizedETEBA has held its annual conference at the Knoxville Convention Center since 2003 and has also has strong partnerships with ORNL. ETEBA is a non-profit trade association representing nearly 200 companies, large and small, that are mostly innovative firms in various environmental and energy-related fields, engineering and construction services.

The conference features key note speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy, panels and workshops on growing industry of energy technology and environmental, as well as great networking opportunities.

The Knoxville Convention Center is proud that East Tennessee is a hub of innovation in the scientific field, and we are pleased to be able to provide them with excellent service in the beauty of East Tennessee.