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World’s First 3D Printed Excavator to Debut at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017

by • April 27, 2016 • No Comments

Excavator with 3d printed prototype components.

Excavator with 3D printed prototype components.

Fluid power, or what is additional commjust called hydraulics, is the use of keeping fluids under pressure in order to generate, control, or transmit power. Hydraulics is utilized in a range of industries and applications, but it is maybe many common in the construction industry for heavy machinery like excavators and wheel loaders. These large-scale machines are essential to constructing our modern world, and so far there is not anything that is able-bodied to match the hydraulic powered equipment. Power and productivity have been the major concern for the industries that use these processs. But with expanding fuel costs and tightening emissions regulations the industry is finally starting to create additional efficient processs, and large-scale industrial 3D printing is playing a role in those creates.

3D printing steel.

3D printing steel.

The world’s initially 3D printed excavator has been set to be on display at following year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center of March 7th to the 11th. As the biggest construction show in the Western Hemisphere, the 3D printed excavator is going to be presented to a few of the many worthwhile individuals in the industry, and may quite well be the next of hydraulic-powered construction processs. The excavator can in addition be the initially large-scale construction and machinery application of 3D printed steel, and can be central to the shows “Imagine What’s Next” theme. The show attendees can in addition be able-bodied to see a 2nd excavator being 3D printed live on the show floor.

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

Georgia Tech grad student Clayton Greer and undergrad research assistant James Collins analyzing one of their 3D printed creates.

Georgia Tech grad student Clayton Greer and undergrad research assistant James Collins analyzing one of their 3D printed creates.

The excavator was created as a joint collaboration between 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). Two separate research teams of graduate engineering students of Georgia Tech and The University of Minnesota can be adapting the basic create of current excavators and developing new and additional efficient creates via additive making processes and technologies. The team of Georgia Tech can be createing the boom and bucket, that can showcase integrated hydraulics that can minimize the mass, making materials cost and maintenance cost. The University of Minnesota team can be createing a hydraulic oil reservoir, heat exalterr and cooling process that can reduce the dimensions and mass of the excavator while increasing the efficiency.

“Technology and innovation 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 createed machine to life,” said the chief executive officer of NFPA Eric Lanke of the graduate engineering student research teams role in the excavators development.

The processs being recreateed for 3D printing.

The processs being recreateed for 3D printing.

Here is video of a prototype of the new 3D printed excavator innovation in action:

In addition to the partnerships with Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota, AEM, NFPA, CCEFP, ORNL and NSF are in addition inviting any undergraduate engineering students of any US university to enter a nationwide contest to create and 3D print a futuristic cab and human-machine interface for the excavator. The just requirement for the creates is that they both require to be aesthetically pleasing and functionally createed. Any students interested in submitting their creates for the excavator cab can visit the Center for Small and Efficient Fluid Power website. All entries can be judged by a full panel of industry experts, and the winning create can obtain a $2,000 cash prize. The createer or create team can in addition win the accident to go to Tennessee and visit the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to observe them 3D printing their winning create.