18:39@NAIAS Technology Showcase: See the Future, Today
The 2015 Technology Showcase will offer companies from around the world a forum for exhibiting breakthrough technologies, providing product demonstrations, revealing fresh designs and participating in panel discussions.
Scheduled activities include:
In addition, attendees will be able to ride along in the world's first full-size, working 3-D-printed car. Called the Strati, the game-changing vehicle is the brainchild of Phoenix-based Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds, and sells vehicles. Local Motors will premiere a mid-model refresh of the car after a live demonstration of the three-phased, micro-manufacturing process on the main show floor. Phase 1 includes 3D-printing the vehicle structure, which takes approximately 40 hours of continuous printing on a Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine. During Phase 2, the vehicle is milled. During Phase 3, the final phase of the process, the car is then rapidly assembled. Attendees will be able to ride in the made-from-scratch automobile on the Shell Innovation Track located in the Technology Showcase in Hall E starting on Monday, January 12, 2015.
The Shell Innovation Track, sponsored by Shell Oil Company (shell.com), will be the launch pad for vehicle demonstrations, student competitions and other industry exhibits. Part of a global group of energy and petrochemical companies in more than 70 countries, Shell is a key player in the future of the auto industry. (Note: The track will test Tec Pro racing barriers that will be used when Shell returns to the Motor City in April to host the Shell Eco-marathon. This event on the streets of Detroit will challenge students to build cars that can reach 2,800 mpg.)
Students from the University of Michigan, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Michigan State University, Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies will participate in a variety of displays and demonstrations including solar technology, racing performance, fuel mileage efficiency and automotive design.
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