One of the more eye-catching exhibits at IMTS 2016 was the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project. Displayed in AMT's Emerging Technology Center, AMIE is comprised of a 3D-printed high-performance mobile home and 3D-printed natural gas-fueled hybrid-electric vehicle. Both work together to produce, consume and store renewable energy.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a host of leading industry and university partners, AMIE demonstrates how additive manufacturing and smart communication networks can integrate vehicles, homes and the electrical grid into a cohesive energy system. 

Using large-scale advanced manufacturing and design tools, the partners were able to employ innovative materials, and quickly implement changes and new techniques to optimize performance, while taking the project from concept to production in less than a year.

In addition to tapping into the power grid, the home can use energy generated by roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels. Surplus energy is stored in a battery, which can power the house on cloudy days. The home can also send excess energy back to the grid, while a wireless charging pad in the driveway allows energy to be shared between the building and the vehicle. During peak demand, the vehicle supplies energy to the house. Conversely, stored energy from the house can be used to recharge the vehicle’s battery. AMIE is a preview of the potential for energy efficiency and sustainability – a glimpse into our day-to-day future!