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IMTS Attendees To See Car Being Built by Additive Manufacturing



James D. Sawyer,
Senior Editor

Local Motors (Phoenix, AZ) is preparing to build the first direct digital manufactured vehicle later this year. The effort will be made at IMTS. The show runs September 8-13, 2014, in Chicago. The vehicle will be manufactured on a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine from Cincinnati Inc. (Cincinnati).

James D. SawyerThe project is an outgrowth of a cooperative research and development agreement between Local Motors and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to “explore making vehicle construction more efficient in every way, including lower production time, costs, and part count, coupled with higher standards of control, safety, aesthetics and mechanical flexibility,” according to Local Motors. Weight saving is another term that could be added to that list of objectives.

The car to be produced is an “electric vehicle purpose-built for the urban transportation needs of Chicago,” Local Motors announced. In fact, there may be multiple vehicles produced at IMTS.

“I expect we will be continuously printing during IMTS,” said Richard Neff Cincinnati Inc.’s market development manager. “We expect to be able to print more than one car during the week.”

According to a Cincinnati Inc. press release, the company and ORNL also have signed a partnership agreement. The goal is “to develop a new large-scale additive manufacturing system capable of printing polymer components up to 10 times larger than currently producible, and at speeds 200 to 500 times faster than existing additive machines."


Published Date : 2/28/2014

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