If there is one thing anyone who attended IMTS remembers, it is the fantastic balloon that appeared in the front lawn of McCormick Place, the IMTS Rally Fighter built on the show floor and the Strati - the world's first 3D Printed car printed and constructed in the Emerging Technology Center.
IMTS Orange Balloon Farewell Tour
As you can see, IMTS 2016 has a new look…and so will the IMTS Balloon! To say goodbye to “Big Orange,” we’re holding a special Farewell Tour this summer. Enter the contest for a chance to win a free balloon ride at one of the following balloon festivals!
Pro Balloon RaceOttumwa, IA
August 28 - 30, 2015
Adirondack FestivalGlens Falls, NY
September 17 - 20, 2015
Balloon FiestaAlbuquerque, NM
October 3 - 11, 2015
Great Midwest Balloon FestOlathe, KS
October 23 - 24, 2015
Rally Fighter & Strati
IMTS Rally Fighter
The IMTS Rally Fighter was built live on the show floor at IMTS 2012 as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of AMT’s Emerging Technology Center. The car build team from Local Motors compressed five weeks of work into five days and unveiled the new Rally Fighter before a large crowd during the show. Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades, and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open-source design community.
At IMTS 2014, Local Motors took their designs even further creating the first drivable 3D-printed car in the world during the show. The ‘Strati’ was built using a direct digital manufacturing technique that could revolutionize the industry. Printing began at the start of IMTS and only took 44 hours to complete. Made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, the same plastic as Legos, the car was printed on a large-scale additive printer by Cincinnati, Inc. The wheels and hubcaps were also 3D printed using the direct metal process.
iSpy: Under the Hood
Andrew takes us behind the scenes with Local Motors at IMTS 2014 for a look at the creation of the 3D printed car!