Presented by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

AMT's Emerging Technology Center


AMT's Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS promised to impress visitors at every turn and it delivered. It's all about sustainable manufacturing powered by advancements in technology and the digital enterprise.



3D-Printed Electric Vehicle Built in the ETC at IMTS 2014

Selected from more than 200 submitted concepts, the winning design inspired the full-size Local Motors prototype vehicle printed at IMTS 2014.

After a grueling six-day week that included nearly round-the-clock work, Local Motors, together with Cincinnati Incorporated, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and AMT, unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed, drivable vehicle. Called the Strati, the car took a victory lap around McCormick Place early on Saturday, September 13, 2014 with Local Motors CEO John B. Rogers, Jr., at the helm, accompanied by Doug Woods, president of AMT.

Designed by the company's global community and built using the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques available at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Local Motors will produce an electric vehicle purpose-built for the urban transportation needs of Chicago.

This is a real-world demonstration of achieving sustainable manufacturing by using emerging technologies from additive to nanomanufacturing, all integrated in a digital environment.

Jay Rogers
Using 3D printing, ... we have reduced the amount of car parts from 25,000 to less than 50, proving that we can take a car from designed to driven in less than six months." - Jay Rogers, Local Motors CEO.

The Strati, made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, was built in three phases during the six-day show. In phase one the car was 3D-printed on a Cincinnati Incorporated BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing Machine) over 44 hours using cutting edge technology called additive manufacturing. Phase two, known as subtractive manufacturing, included one day of milling on a machine provided by Thermwood. Once complete, the third and final phase was rapid assembly, in which a team led by Local Motors put the finishing touches on the world’s first 3D-printed car. Then, the key was turned and the vehicle set off on its maiden voyage, marking an important moment in history.

"IMTS is the perfect venue on which to showcase the next evolution of Local Motors' 'World of Vehicle Innovations'," said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. "To deliver the first co-created, locally relevant, 3D-printed vehicle on an international stage dedicated to celebrating cutting-edge manufacturing technology is powerful reinforcement of our commitment to driving the Third Industrial Revolution."

The finished vehicle will be used as an example of how sustainable green technologies can reduce life-cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions, lower production cost, and create new products and opportunities for high paying jobs.

Read the full Press Release from Local Motors; Read the Buzz About the 3D-Printed Car

Innovation Institutes

Four pilot manufacturing innovation institutes have been launched to kick start the establishment of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). This exhibit will show how regional hubs leverage public-private partnerships to strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. The community can learn about efforts to strengthen global competitiveness, spur new ventures, and boost local/state economies from the four current Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation:

  • America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute centered in Youngstown OH, focuses on growing capabilities, collaboration and strength in additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies;
  • Power America, the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute being established in Raleigh NC, seeks to revolutionize energy efficiency for everything from electronic devices to electric vehicles;
  • The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute being formed in Chicago, will work toward the application of digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing; and
  • The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute underway in Detroit MI, concentrates on both the development of lightweight alloys as well as developing automated manufacturing processes to promote energy efficiency.

1971 Ford Torino Art Car

Combining a Passion for Technology with Creativity

This work of rolling art created by Romanian artist Ioan Florea, used 3D –printing technologies, nano-materials and his proprietary transfer technique to customize a classic Ford Torino.

Florea is proud to have taken a vehicle created on a traditional assembly line during the Second Industrial Revolution and reinvent it using innovative technology invented in the current Third Industrial Revolution.

Florea used the 3D printer to create each unique pattern for the car's exterior. He then blanketed the 3D patterns with his own liquid metal finish that boasts the highest coefficient of reflectivity and encapsulates the entire car.

He says this is the car that will drive us into the future.

UPS Logistical Technology

UPS Logo

UPS, the Global Logistics Provider to IMTS and AMT, will showcase the latest in logistical technology and how it supports manufacturing.

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