ETC Additive Manufacturing

AMT Emerging Technology Center – Additive Manufacturing

The world’s first additive manufactured vehicle was built at IMTS 2014, and innovations in additive have continued to headline IMTS. This year is no exception with an ETC dedicated solely to Additive Manufacturing, as it has expanded into all markets and has become a valuable component of every manufacturing facility, small and large.

The demand for additive technology has grown as more shops are using it as a fast and cost-efficient way to build jigs, fixtures and other tools. Others are already beginning to explore how to integrate 3D printing systems into existing operations and use them for product development. In the Additive Manufacturing ETC, visitors will experience demonstrations of the newest breakthroughs in materials, speeds and technologies.

Exhibit Highlights

Die-in-a-Day Scavenger Hunt
Led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Die-in-a-Day Scavenger Hunt took visitors through the process of creating an additively manufactured-die, from design and prototype production to final inspection, in one day. Dies include a motorcycle cover, a valve cover, a plate, a business card holder and a bike stem.

Visitors followed the process by visiting participating exhibitor booths throughout all four buildings of IMTS. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has the potential to revitalize the tool and die sector in the United States, in addition to providing national capabilities to local ecosystems.

AM Research from ORNL

ORNL showcased fundamental research on qualification and certification of additively manufactured parts leveraging capabilities in data analytics.

America Makes Knowledge Bar

America Makes members were on hand at the America Makes Knowledge Bar to present a variety of topics relative to anyone working in Additive Manufacturing and related technologies. The America Makes Digital Storefront – a secure online platform to help member manufacturers learn, connect and adopt additive technologies – will also be presented. Visitors to the Knowledge Bar were able interact with additive experts and gained valuable insight into how America Makes and its members are accelerating the adoption of this exciting technology. (America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. (NCDMM).)

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