Technical Tour: Caterpillar Additive Manufacturing Factory and Innovation Accelerator


Innovation Accelerator. Caterpillar’s Innovation Accelerator is a two-story space where Caterpillar team members go to let their imaginations run wild, dreaming up and modeling that next great innovation in a setting that inspires creativity. Upstairs, the teams meet to brainstorm game-changing ideas and explore endless possibilities. Downstairs in the Maker Space, they experiment with physical materials to rough-model their concepts using a variety of tools. When the teams want a more precise version of their model, they can walk across the hallway to the Additive Manufacturing Factory for a nuanced 3D model, or connect with the production team members who can machine the final part.

Additive Manufacturing Factory. Caterpillar has been actively engaged in 3D printing technology for many years in a variety of our facilities, but the new Additive Manufacturing Factory allows us to take this to a whole new level, with a focus on components (parts). With this centralized location of both commercial and high-end prototype 3D printers, Caterpillar has the ability to better serve our customers, increase the efficiency of internal operations and do exploratory research and development with the latest technology. 

  Date and Time




  • Date: 10 May 2016
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
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  • 14009 Old Galena Rd
  • Mossville, Illinois
  • United States 61552
  • Building: Caterpillar Technical Center Labs
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  • Starts 26 April 2016 04:00 PM
  • Ends 09 May 2016 03:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge


5:45 - 6:00 PM: Sign-in: Meet at Y-17 entrance off of E. Cedar Hills Dr. on Tech Center Campus (See the newsletter for more detailed instructions)

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Tour of Tech Center Building K (Innovation Accelerator and Additive Manufacturing Labs)

7:00 - 7:30 PM: Tour of Tech Center Building E (Soil Lab)

7:30 - 8:00 PM: Networking, Refreshments, and Wrap-up

8:00 PM: Meeting End