3D-printed excavator cab
A 3D-printed excavator cab will be on display at CONEXPO 2017
Fans of 3D printing as the future of manufacturing will have the chance to see a functional printed excavator cab at the joint CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE trade shows in Las Vegas in March.
A student engineering team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the US has designed and produced the prototype which they hope will expand the possibilities of largescale printing with metal alloys.
The design won a competition that will see it pre-printed and put on display at the expos, which are held every three years.
IFPE is an expo and technical conference dedicated to the integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications, while CONEXPOCON/AGG is an international gathering for the construction industries.
The design competition was a joint venture between the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Centre for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and is intended to demonstrate future uses of additive manufacturing.
“Additive manufacturing will revolutionise the way things are designed and produced in the not-so-distant future,” CCEFP industrial liaison officer Mike Gust says.
“This contest helped to raise awareness of advancements in technology to the next generation of engineers and we’re excited that future engineers are bringing this newly designed machine to life.”
The design competition attracted designs from student engineering teams across the United States and the winners received a US$2000 cash prize and the opportunity to travel to the ORNL to see their design being manufactured.
A 3D-printed model of the winning excavator cab design