3/14/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

IMTS 2016 to Debut New Additive Manufacturing Pavilion

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For the first time, additive manufacturing technologies will be displayed in a dedicated stand-alone pavilion during the biennial show.

During past IMTS shows, additive manufacturing technology has been featured in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center and in the Fabricating and Laser Pavilion. But at the 2016 event, which runs September 12-17, AM will occupy a stand-alone pavilion for the first time. Visitors will pass through this pavilion as they exit the Grand Concourse and enter the North Building at McCormick Place.

“Additive manufacturing is a reality for the industrial marketplace. It’s not fully mature, but the technology has progressed far enough that if you’re ignoring 3D printing at IMTS 2016, you’re making a big mistake,” advises David Burns, founder and principal of Global Business Advisory Services LLC and former president and CEO of ExOne. “Fortunately, within the IMTS Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, you’ll find companies that offer a full suite of 3D products, and they’re good at explaining the benefits.”

Peter R. Eelman, vice president of exhibitions and communications at AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, emphasizes that the term “additive manufacturing” encompasses a collection of diverse technologies that includes material providers, 3D printers and associated equipment such as sintering furnaces, design and production software, scanners that capture points to create a parametric design, and 3D printing service centers.

“The Additive Manufacturing Pavilion showcases essentially every component necessary for a manufacturing cell,” he says. “In addition, the technology has progressed so far that you’ll also see it on the show floor. Several of the leading machine tool providers will demonstrate ‘hybrid machines’ that integrate 3D printing and traditional machine tool capabilities.”

Pavilion exhibitors include ExOne, EOS of North America, 3D Systems, Statasys, HP, Optomec, Proto Labs, EnvisionTec, Cideas, DM3D Technology, Sciaky, 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services and Linear AMS; more are still being added. Visitors can use the MyShow Planner tool to set up meetings with these and other show exhibitors.

Attendees interested in additive manufacturing can also participate in the co-located Additive Manufacturing Conference, September 13-14. Visit additiveconference.com for more information. Conference registration will open in May 2016, but registration for IMTS 2016 is already available at imts.com/register