There are many months that several of the most important associations and institutions in the United States have been working together in the development of a project much more complex than we can imagine, which today has resulted in the first prototype of what in a not too distant future will be the first excavator entirely created using 3D printing technology.
This impressive machine was born from the collaboration of the National Science Foundation, the Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Center forum, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Fluid Power Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota. Undoubtedly a display of great professionals who join in a team with a common purpose and that, after five months of development, they have already created the first prototype of this printed excavator.
Several US agencies are already working on the creation of the world's first 3D printed excavator.
According to what has been published, the specific machine will be manufactured using the machines of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an agency dependent on the United States government. In a first milestone within the project, three components will be created, the cabin where the operator will sit, the big articulated arm that will move thanks to the force exerted by a hydraulic arm and a heat exchanger.
As a detail, tell you that for the creation of the large hydraulic arm of this printed excavator, the Wolf system, just installed, a machine that uses a free technique when printing metal components on a large scale. The heat exchanger will be created from a machine capable of producing metal parts through a process of casting a powder bed using a laser. Lastly, the cabin has been created using plastic Carbon fiber reinforced ABS.