3D-printed ex­ca­va­tor cab

A 3D-printed ex­ca­va­tor cab will be on dis­play at CONEXPO 2017

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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

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