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 Balloon Photo Gallery

Olli – A Self-driving Electric Vehicle

The IMTS Ride Experience featured the breakthrough technology in “Olli,” a self-driving electric vehicle that deftly navigated through the structural support pillars in C-Hall. Equipped with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology, Olli is more than just an intelligent and entertaining ride. Olli represents how Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) and 3D printing are fundamentally changing the way manufacturers create products, in turn creating a future where product development timelines are significantly reduced.

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!