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.
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. Participating booths included:
- Step 1: 3D print the dies
Lincoln Electric Company/Wolf Robotics, North Building, Level 3 – Fabricating & Lasers Pavilion – Booth 236618
- Step 2: Machine the 3D printed dies
Mazak: West Building, Level 3 – Additive Manufacturing Pavilion – Booth 432000
- Step 3: Use the 3D printed dies to mold parts
IACMI – Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing: South Building – Metal Cutting – Booth 338693
- Step 4: Scan parts to ensure they meet tolerances
Quality Vision International: East Building, Level 3 – Quality Assurance Pavilion – Booth 135602
- Step 5: Return to ORNL/AMT booth to display final dies and components
ETC Additive: West Building, Level 3 – Emerging Technology Center – Booth 431609
AM Research from ORNL
ORNL will showcase fundamental research on qualification and certification of additively manufactured parts leveraging capabilities in data analytics.
America Makes Knowledge Bar
America Makes members will be 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 will be able interact with additive experts and gain 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).)