When President Obama takes the stage at Techmer PM in Clinton, Tennessee, on Friday to announce that UT will head a $259 million advanced manufacturing project and that Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play a key role, he will share the spotlight with a shiny example of innovation, research, and collaboration between the two.
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The Shelby Cobra 3D printed car, which will be highlighted during Obama’s visit as an example of the changing world of manufacturing, was produced with major contributions from a pair of student interns from UT’s College of Engineering—Alex Roschli and Andrew Messing.
Roschli and Messing, both seniors in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, are doing internships at ORNL, where the car was printed at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.
Roschli worked on printing and assembling components of the car and fitting them with the body, while Messing developed the software that tells the printer how to make various parts.
“A lot of prep work went into all the printed parts to give them a nice finish and to ensure that they would fit together cleanly on the car,” said Roschli. “It was quite an effort.
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