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The future of plant hire? – World's first printed 3D Excavator to go on show

The future of plant hire? – World's first printed 3D Excavator to go on show

Next year’s Conexpo construction machinery trade show is set to feature ‘the world’s first fully-functional 3D printed construction excavator’. The machine is also thought to represent the first large-scale use of steel in 3D printing.

Exhibition organisers want to use excavator to bring to life how technology is transforming the construction industry in line with the show’s 2017 theme, Imagine what’s next. In addition to the pre-printed excavator, show attendees will also be able to see a second excavator printing live on the show floor.

“We’re thrilled to bring such a significant technological and first-of-its-kind achievement like the 3D printed excavator to the show; it will be a platform to demonstrate how the latest innovations and applied technologies are changing the future of construction industry,” said John Rozum, director of the fluid power section of the fair.

The excavator is a joint collaboration between several US organisations: the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), Center for Compact & Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).