Blake manages research and development programs that advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing technologies for the Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy. These programs aim to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, save energy, and develop novel technologies that meet the cost, rate, and performance requirements of industry. Technical focus areas include directed energy deposition, fused deposition modeling, binder jetting, and large-scale industrial system integration. This work has recently led to the introduction of a novel large-scale polymer printer by Cincinnati Inc. (BAAM) which has been used to print a full-scale Shelby Cobra replica, a house, a boat, industrial tooling, and many other large-scale applications.
Blake’s background and interests include Life Cycle Assessment and energy systems modeling, sustainable energy systems, biology, ecology, and design. He has studied at Cornell University and the University of Michigan prior to his work as an energy analyst and his current role for the Department of Energy.