Trade Show Preview: Advanced Technologies Promise to Pique Imaginations at IMTS
July 10, 2014
The Emerging Technology Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, and Today's Technology Center promise to be manufacturing "imagination stations" for attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show by displaying novel applications and the future of manufacturing. At the International Manufacturing Technology Show, IMTS, manufacturers will see new machinery and equipment, as always. But just as exciting will be exhibits called "imagination stations" that show emerging manufacturing technologies and current and futuristic end-user examples of how these technologies will be applied. The Association For Manufacturing Technology's (AMT's) Emerging Technology Center (ETC), the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), and Today's Technology Center (TTC) will be the showcases for such technologies at IMTS in Chicago in September. AMT's Emerging Technology Center For "wow" factor at the ETC, it will be the complete construction of a 3D-printed electric car by IMTS partner Local Motors 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 The Local Motors team starts from scratch, employing direct digital manufacturing techniques and technology integration to make the parts and assemble the vehicle. This is a real-world demonstration of achieving sustainable manufacturing by using emerging technologies, such as additive manufacturing, all integrated in a digital environment.
- America Makes
- Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, aimed at raising energy efficiency for everything from electronic devices to electric vehicles
- Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, which will be located on Chicago's Goose Island and will work toward the application of digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing
- Lightweight & Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, concentrating on both the development of lightweight alloys as well as automated manufacturing processes to promote energy efficiency.
- Two examples demonstrating advanced manufacturing in aerospace. There will be a1/3-scale model of the Dream Chaser Space Utility Vehicle (pictured at top) being developed between Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems
- Two all-American dream cars, one of which is a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, which pushes the boundaries of materials, engine, and transmission technologies. Stewart-Haas Racing, an exciting team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, is bringing the No. 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet SS, which can reach a top speed of over 200 mph.
- Medical device technologies that can be as small as implants invisible to the naked eye or as large as an MRI machine or even larger. Knee, hip, and shoulder implants; stents, pacemakers, and implantable defibrillators; bone screws, plates, and other implements will be incorporated into a clear, life-sized display showing medical manufacturing's impact on people's quality of life. Beyond the implants, medical technology can mean cochlear implants, diabetes pumps, medical tubing, bionic eyes, and prosthetics.
- Additive manufacturing, with displays of DMLS parts from Linear Mold & Engineering
- Automation that, rather than being a replacement for employees, increases the value of an individual employee by freeing this person to focus attention on the work that requires human knowledge or human judgment. A display and presentation by Rethink Robotics
- Automotive 2025, which will have a display incorporating General Motors' Chevy Silverado body in white and a presentation by Ron Krupitzer of the Steel Market Development Institute
- The results of Modern Machine Shop's
- Data-driven manufacturing, in an exhibit provided by ITAMCO