If you haven't seen the 1971 Ford Torino Art Car yet, make it a must-see! Sitting at the front of AMT's Emerging Technology Center, it's hard to miss. The work was created by Romanian artist Ioan Florea using 3D-printing capabilities, nano-materials and his proprietary transfer technique to create a customized Ford Torino. Florea is proud of his ability to take a classic vehicle created on an assembly line in the Second Industrial Revolution and use innovative technology from the Third Industrial Revolution to turn it into a piece of art. The 3D printer was used to create the unique pattern that covers the car's exterior. Florea covered this layer with his own liquid metal finish creating the reflective appearance. This car, Florea says, will drive us into the future.
Students - we can't wait to see you at the Smartforce Student Summit! We want to hear about your experiences at the show. We've got great prizes too! Here's how to play:
Every tweet and post must include the #IMTSsummit hashtag to be eligible, and we're keeping this limited to students only. (Sorry, grown-ups!)
The daily cutoff time is 2 pm, so get going early! We will have a winner each day during IMTS (one each for Twitter and Instagram), and an overall winner announced at the show's conclusion. Plus, watch for our daily bonuses - they're always changing! Details will be announced at the morning orientation when students arrive.
Daily prizes include great stuff like a saltwater cell fuel car, a build-your-own V-twin steam engine kit, and even brainwave controlled cat ears. Our grand prizes are a Crazyflie Nano Quad Copter and a Rovera 2WD Arduino Robot Kit!
Get ready to connect with us ... and don't forget to include #IMTSsummit!
Factories of the future must incorporate more digital manufacturing solutions, including data analytics, intelligent machines and system monitoring, into their operations to be able to effectively compete on a global scale. Such an example is MTConnect, and we will use IMTS 2014 to demonstrate how this powerful open communications protocol can improve your productivity, equipment utilization and efficiency.
Overall, you’ll find we are an ardent supporter of MTConnect. So much so, we currently build our machines to be MTConnect ready as well as offer moderately priced adapters for older Mazak machines in the field.
If you’re ready to maximize your productivity via digital manufacturing solutions, be sure to come see us at IMTS 2014 in Booth S-8300! You’ll also have the opportunity to see 22 of our latest machine tools performing advanced turning, milling, 5-axis and Multi-Tasking operations.
This year at IMTS, we want to challenge visitors to engage with us on social media. So, we created the “RoboQuest” contest. Each day, we’re going to hide Roxie and Ripley, two Robosapiens™ who can talk, dance and do kung fu, in different locations throughout McCormick Place. We’ll be tweeting hints, riddles and even pictures that, if you can crack them, will lead you to Roxie or Ripley’s location. Once you find a robot, post a photo to Twitter and use the hashtags #IMTS and #RoxieRobot or #RipleyRobot. Make sure you leave the robot where you found it so other visitors have a chance to find it, too! We’ll be adding the names to a drawing at the end of the day and one participant will get a prize!