Dream Machines — new and wonderful equipment from the CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017 show in Las Vegas
The construction industry mega-show CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 was held last month, with more than 2500 exhibitors showcasing their new and wonderful equipment over a massive 23ha site in Las Vegas. We sent editor Dave Bullard to the US to check it out, and the
MECALAC 6MCR CONSTRUCTION MACHINE
What better way to start the show off than with a stars-and-stripes-flying Mecalac 6MCR multi-purpose construction machine?
They’re hard to describe – Mecalac says they’re “crawler skid-excavators”, which doesn’t really help – but basically these amazing machines combine a compact excavator with a compact loader, and can change from digging to skidsteer mode at the turn of a switch.
We caught up with the lads from Perth-based distributor Digrite at the Mecalac stand, and to say they’re excited by these earthmovers is an understatement.
Check out our Facebook page to see this 6MCR in action.
3D PRINTED EXCAVATOR CAB
We’ve featured this 3D-printed excavator cab in the mag before, so we were rapt to see it in the flesh.
Part of Project AME (Additive Manufactured Excavator), the sort-of-organic-looking cab was designed and printed by researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the United States.
The cab formed part of CONEXPO’s Tech Experience area, which explored the kind of tech we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future.
3D-PRINTED ARTICULATED ARM
As impressive as the excavator cab was, this 3D-printed articulated arm printed using Wolf Robotics’ metal additive manufacturing system was probably more of a ‘Wow!’ moment for us as we were able to get up close to it and feel its cold steel for ourselves.
Being able to 3D-print components out of metal is a real game-changer, with huge possibilities for keeping remote sites running, and for saving costs in the manufacturing of little-used parts.