Project AME Reveals 3D Printed Excavator

Project AME (advanced manufacturing excavator), the 3D printed excavator is a 2-year project initiated by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) to demonstrate the potential use of 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) within the fluid power and mobile equipment industries.

As part of this project, a design competition was held for undergraduate engineering students in the U.S. who were challenged to design and print a futuristic cab and human machine interface (HMI) that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The winning team was from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC); part of their prize was traveling to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to see their cab design be printed.