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www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT MARCH 2017 21 FEATURE STORY | Show Preview The Toro GrandStand® delivers the speed and comfort to help you do more, faster. Cushioned suspension keeps operators fresh while traction and stability keep them working. And it's now even better with all-new upgrades for higher productivity with lower maintenance. TORO.COM/GRANDSTAND STAND-ON MOWERS GRANDSTAND ® GRANDSTAND STAND-ON MOWERS O er runs March 1 – May 31, 2017 Only at participating dealers *O• manufacturer's suggested promotional price. As part of the Tech Experience, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 will be teaming up to unveil the world's fi rst fully functional 3D-printed construction excavator and the fi rst large-scale use of steel in 3D printing, known as additive manufacturing. The excavator will bring to life how technology is transforming the construction industry in line with the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 theme, "Imagine What's Next." In addition to the pre-printed excavator, show attendees will be able to view a demonstration of the 3D printing technology. Known affectionately as Project AME (Additive Manufactured Excavator), the excavator is being 3D printed using various machines at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility to create and assemble three components: the cab, the boom, and a heat exchanger. The excavator's boom will be fabricated using a newly developed free-form additive manufacturing technique to print large-scale metal components. A student engineering team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign won a design competition for the cab. The excavator is a joint collaboration between AEM, National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), Center for Compact and Effi cient Fluid Power (CCEFP), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Education to succeed CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 will offer a record number of 150-plus education sessions, including a new Technology Track, to provide attendees with the latest industry knowledge and best practices to improve their professional skills and company productivity. The Technology Track will focus on industry innovations and future growth opportunities in the technology fi eld, including drones, autonomous machines, 3D imaging, smartphone apps, gamifi cation, big data and IoT. The Technology Track will complement the Tech Experience, highlighting the ideas and technologies that will transform construction in the future. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 education tracks will also offer the latest trends and best practices focused on the following: aggregates; asphalt; concrete; cranes, rigging and aerial lifts; earthmoving and site development; equipment management and maintenance; management — business best practices; management — workforce development skills; and safety and regulations. IFPE 2017 will host the fl uid power industry's prestigious Energy Effi cient Hydraulics and Pneumatics Conference (EEHPC) in addition to offering hands-on "college course" education on the effective use of hydraulics in mobile equipment. The EEHPC focuses on concepts and techniques to keep fl uid power (hydraulics and pneumatics) systems operating at peak effi ciency to reap signifi cant energy savings. The conference traditionally includes a "future of fl uid power" program, which at IFPE 2017 will explore robotics challenges and opportunities. The EEHPC is sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA — IFPE co-owner), the FPDA Motion & Control Network, and the International Fluid Power Society. Four half-day IFPE "college-level courses" will emphasize hands-on technical knowledge on the effective use of hydraulics in mobile equipment: 1) fundamentals of hydraulic systems; 2) hydraulic fl uid properties, effi ciency and contamination control; 3) hydraulic system design strategies for mobile applications; and 4) electro hydraulic, systems design and control. IFPE focuses on the latest innovations, product advances and expert insights to equip engineers and others involved in the design and manufacturing process to increase effi ciency, contain costs, and improve the performance of their hydraulic and pneumatic systems and applications.