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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE Prepare to Unveil World’s First 3D Printed Steel Excavator

by • April 25, 2016 • No Comments

On the other hand dimensions limitations are one of the leading setbacks stopping the 3D printing revolution of fully blossoming, that hasn’t stopped companies of implementing the technology into new construction methods. Whether it be the large-scale concrete printing device by the Dutch-based company ROHACO, or MX3D printing a steel bridge in Amsterdam, there’s a lot of well-established technology and untapped next in via 3D printing for construction-based purposes. Now, CONEXPO-CON/AGG, that is a trade show for the construction industry, and IFPE, a co-located conference dedicated to the integration of fluid power, are preparing to unveil the world’s initially fully-functional 3-D printed construction excavator at the next 2017 event.


A traditionally manufactured excavator

“We understand our participants appear forward to seeing the industry’s many new technologies at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE each show year and 2017 can not disappoint. We’re thrilled to bring such a worthwhile technological and initially-of-its-kind achievement like the 3-D printed excavator to the show; it can be a platform to demonstrate how the latest technologys and applied technologies are changing the next of construction industry,” said John Rozum, the IFPE show director.

The excavator can be completely 3D printed with steel, producing this one of the biggest metal-based 3D printing endeavors thus far. The excavator is being created by a group of graduate engineering students of Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota, trying to transform the traditional excavator create to fit with 3D printing technology. The Georgia Tech students can focus on createing a boom and bucket showcasing integrated hydraulics, that are intended to minimize the mass, cost, and maintenance of the excavator. The University of Minnesota team, on the other hand, can be createing the hydraulic oil reservoir and cooling process, in addition with hopes of decreasing the mass of the excavator, and in addition producing it additional efficient.

The conference in 2014

The CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE show in 2014

“Technology and technology can drive alter for the next of the construction industry, and we are excited that students are playing a significant role in delivering the newly created machine to life,” said Eric Lanke, CEO of the National Fluid Power Association.

A leading project like the steel 3D printed excavator requires a lot of hands on deck, and is a joint collaboration between a number of prestigious institutions outside of Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota, which include the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), Center for Small and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


And that is not all… Design-savvy student teams of around the globe can submit 3D creates for the excavator’s cab on the CCEFP website. Judged by a panel of construction industry experts, the winning team can obtain $2,000 and a trip to the ORNL in Tennessee, where they can be able-bodied to watch their create be 3D printed in steel. The CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE conferences, that take place each three years, can take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center of March 7-11, 2017.


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