The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS has always featured the latest in eye-catching, jaw-dropping, and thought-provoking technology.
IMTS 2012, taking place Sept. 10-15, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., will bring the biggest ETC feature yet – a Local Motors car, built live right on the show floor, as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of the ETC.
Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades, and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open source design community, and the company plans to build its distribution through micro factory retailing: A national network of local units that handle manufacturing, sales, and service. They will build a Rally Fighter model at IMTS, to be decked out with a customized IMTS skin.
"Bringing a live manufacturing experience to the show floor is an exciting and dynamic event for IMTS 2012," said Peter Eelman, VP-Exhibitions & Communications at AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS. "We feel Local Motors embodies the collaborative and innovative spirit that is crucial to furthering the manufacturing industry."
There will be two other big features in the ETC: Additive Technology, and MTConnect®, the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices.
Additive Technology will feature the latest advances in this exciting manufacturing concept. These technologies actually "compress time" in that they dramatically reduce the time between design and production and eliminate certain processes associated with traditional machining, such as tooling. Additive manufacturing truly makes things possible in manufacturing that were not possible before. In addition, 3-D printing, a type of additive manufacturing, allows for "desktop manufacturing," bringing production to places it previously couldn't be done, such as homes and classrooms.
Finally, MTConnect® will return to the ETC in 2012. First introduced at IMTS 2008, this ground-breaking interconnectivity and communications standard is changing the way manufacturing equipment and devices are monitored and their productivity analyzed. The standard has been gaining more widespread use throughout the industry and has been called the "Rosetta Stone" of manufacturing because it allows equipment and devices to speak a common language.
"At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2012 will feature the innovative and game-changing manufacturing technology that people have come to expect," Eelman said. "We're looking forward to another great show."
IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show: The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 82,000 visitors from every level of industry and over 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology: Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders' Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members' products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.