Research Highlight

ORNL Featured in Emerging Technology Center at IMTS 2016

International Manufacturing Technology Show

The Emerging Technology Center at the International Manufacturing Technology Show.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, will feature Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing and Integrated Energies in its Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, Sept. 12 – 17, 2016. 

AMT created the ETC as a showcase for current and near-future state-of the art manufacturing technologies. Premier exhibits at IMTS 2016 include three “proof of concept” additive manufacturing (3D printed) displays:

  • The “additive bionic human” showing additive manufactured medical implants and body parts.
  • The AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy) project from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) demonstrates rapid innovation through additive manufacturing to connect a natural gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle to a high-performance building that produces, consumes and stores renewable energy.
  • An all-electric Shelby Cobra replica and a 1952 Willys Army Jeep reproduction. Using Big Area Additive Manufacturing, or BAAM technology, the ORNL advanced manufacturing team produced the Shelby Cobra replica in only 24 hours at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL. 

“The ETC is world-renowned for showcasing projects and disruptive technologies that were previously known to only a few. We want the ETC to challenge pre-conceived notions of how manufacturing performs at its best,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT, which owns and manages IMTS.

Since its debut at IMTS 2004, the ETC has become a ‘must visit’ destination. For example, the world’s first 3D printed car was built live in the ETC exhibit at IMTS 2014, and the now-famous “Strati” vehicle received prime-time media acclaim. At IMTS 2016, 3D printed cars from Local Motors (one of the pioneers behind the Strati) will be available for rides at an indoor test track in C Hall of the North Building, demonstrating how quickly extraordinary technology can become part of popular culture.

The AMIE Project

The AMIE Project, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, examines and demonstrates how additive manufacturing can be used to create a symbiotic relationship between energy and the way we live.

“The premise of the AMIE project is to merge the energy streams of our homes and vehicles. It changes the way we think about generating, consuming and storing power,” says Dr. Craig Blue, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “From concept to reality in just 12 months, the project provides a preview of the potential of energy efficiency and sustainability.” 

With AMIE, the home can use energy from the grid or from the photovoltaic panels integrated into its roof, while battery in the home stores surplus solar energy for cloudy days. The home also features a wireless charging pad in the driveway. Bi-directional wireless energy flow allows the building to charge the hybrid vehicle’s battery, and the vehicle can also supply energy to the home during peak demand. Additionally, the home can send excess energy back into the grid for consumption elsewhere.