Make sure you look for the Innovation Exchange pieces on the show floor. Scattered around is a display of some of the most ground-breaking advances in additive manufacturing over the years. Below are the pieces that will be on display at RAPID + TCT 2019.
The all-new 2018 ZL1 with the 1LE Track Package is the fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever built. It dials up the flat cornering and downforce of ZL1, with one mission in mind – extreme track performance. Engineered and designed for performance enthusiasts, it combines ZL1 power with a new, racing-based suspension in a hardcore 1LE Track Package, which makes this Camaro the ultimate weapon for any track. Available summer 2017.
Background: In 2014 ORNL demonstrated next generation manufacturing by transforming a classic sports car into a 3D printed laboratory on wheels. Additive manufacturing enabled the integration of advanced technologies with design flexibility and modularity while providing a platform for rapid development and evaluation. The printed Shelby incorporated “plug and play” components such as new engine, battery and fuel cell technologies, hybrid system designs and power electronics/wireless charging systems.
- Class A final surface finish through post-processing
- Concept to drivable car in 6 weeks
- Parts printed in 24 hrs. (can print car in 12 hrs. if we were to print it today)
- 8 hrs. to print tooling components and 4 hrs. to machine
- 20% CF-ABS material
Additively Manufactured Autonomous Bus (GROVER: Ground-based Robotic Omnidirectional Vehicle for Electric-mobility Research)
Background: GROVER is a 3D printed 12-passenger shuttle bus that operates on a platform originally built for the Navy to move munitions on aircraft carriers. The bus has 4 wheels which operate independently of each other, rotating a full 360 degrees, allowing movement in any direction- even sideways. The next milestone is to finish the integration of all the sensors within GROVER which operates off of laser sensors called LiDAR (light + radar).
- Next-level work on GROVER will include machine vision and machine learning applications
- Provides ability to test sensors and controls, batteries and power electronics all in one platform, giving researchers full control
Prototype wing structure illustrating ORNL’s ability to create algorithms to 3D print cellular core structures with graded infills.
Background: ORNL and the Office of Naval Research’s Disruptive Technology Lab, in coordination with multiple other government agencies, redesigned, 3D printed, assembled and coated a 30-foot-long proof of concept submersible in less than 4 weeks. This collaboration offers the Navy the opportunity to create on demand vehicles while also saving time, money and energy.
- Reduced production costs by 90%
- Shortened production time from 3-5 months to a matter of days
- Received prestigious NAVSEA Commanders Award for Innovation
NERA e-Motorbike by NOWLAB
BigRep NOWLAB developed the world’s first fully 3D printed and functional e-motorcycle, the NERA, in just 12 weeks. From first sketch to final product, the team at BigRep engineered the NERA e-Bike from the ground up, disrupting traditional design, engineering and production in every aspect. Printed in only 15 parts, all components (excluding electrical) of the NERA were 3D printed including tires, rims, frame, fork and seat. The NERA shows that the low cost and fast results of additive manufacturing allow designers to immediately test prototypes and rapidly produce iterations of experimental engineering. The NERA also illustrates the massive benefits that 3D printing offers to produce functional parts, particularly for unique- to small-series production, by reducing lead times and costs, optimizing supply chains and limiting dependency on supplier networks. Learn more.