AMT's Emerging Technology Center at IMTS 2014
Presented by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT's Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS promises to impress visitors at every turn. It's all about sustainable manufacturing powered by advancements in technology and the digital enterprise. Be sure to make time in your schedule for the ETC. It's like a candy store for manufacturing technology professionals!
3D-Printed Electric Vehicle to Be Built in the ETC at IMTS 2014The number one "wow" factor is sure to be the complete construction of an electric car by IMTS partner Local Motors. Local Motors will build and deliver the first direct digital manufactured vehicle at IMTS 2014.
Selected from more than 200 submitted concepts, the winning design will inspire the full-size Local Motors prototype vehicle that will be printed at IMTS in September 2014. Read the full Press Release from Local Motors; Read the Local Motors Blog Post
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.
The team starts from scratch employing direct digital manufacturing techniques and technology integration to make the parts and assemble the vehicle. This is a real-world demonstration of achieving sustainable manufacturing by using emerging technologies from additive to nanomanufacturing, all integrated in a digital environment.
"IMTS is the perftect venue to showcase the next evolution of Local Motors" - Jay Rogers, Local Motors CEO
"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.
Large Scale Additive Manufacturing
Exciting large-scale additive manufacturing demonstrations will be featured in the ETC by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Ex One Company.
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.
UPS Logistical Technology
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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