IMTS 2014 - Emerging Technology Center

What is the Emerging Technology Center?


The Emerging Technology Center, or ETC, made its debut at IMTS 2004 as a place to educate, inform and excite the manufacturing community about ground-breaking innovations specific to the industry.

The ETC has become the "must visit" at IMTS and is renowned around the globe for showcasing state of the art and disruptive technologies that will impact manufacturing in the years to come.

Futuristic views of new technology and emerging trends in manufacturing, such as 3D printing and nanotechnology, have been on display at past shows. For IMTS 2014, we take it a step further by showing practical and actual applications of new technologies right on the show floor. You won't believe what we are building using parts manufactured by exhibitors, and you can see it all in the Emerging Technology Center!

3D-Printed Electric Vehicle to Be Built at IMTS 2014

Local Motors LogoLocal Motors will build and deliver the first direct digital manufactured vehicle at IMTS 2014.

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.

Jay Rogers"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.


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