Digitally Made - Electric Powered, 3D Printed Car

Once again IMTS, The International Manufacturing Technology Show, is partnering with Local Motors to build another car onsite, during the 6-day tradeshow.

You can be part of this exciting project.  Right now Local Motors is hosting a design challenge for the 3D Printed Car.



Imagine it, Design it, then PRINT IT!

The MFG Meeting Opens in Arizona - Re-Post from Modern Machine Shop Blog

With the iconic Art Deco façade of the Arizona Biltmore in the background, AMT's 2014 IMTS and Smartforce Rally Fighter sports cars bask in the bright Southwest sunshine.‚Äč

For many of us in manufacturing, it seems that the industry is enjoying a figurative springtime of renewed vitality and growth. So it is appropriate that The MFG Meeting, an important event that brings together machine builders, distributors and end users from all areas of the manufacturing technology industry, opens today at the Arizona Biltmore near Phoenix.

This setting represents a fitting convergence of history, style and flowery splendor that reminds visitors from wintry regions of the country that springtime (the warming season of the year, that is) is not far off. The MFG Meeting is a joint event for members of AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). Conference presentations, technical sessions and activities at the event are designed to help attending members maintain the momentum that has been propelling the manufacturing industry in recent years—a welcome turnaround that many pundits only a few years ago predicted would never happen.

The Arizona Biltmore is an historic resort hotel, the design of which was heavily influenced by America's most original architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who helped oversee construction of the complex in the late 1920s. The hotel's bold, yet intricate, styling still seem fresh, hopeful and appealing—exactly the sort of image that manufacturing is projecting to a new generation of entrepreneurs, technicians, engineers and apprentices.

The hotel and its lush landscaping proved to be the ideal setting for a pair of the daringly different vehicles brought to the event by AMT. The 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) and Smartforce Rally Fighters are characterized as the world's first open-source production vehicles, designed and developed by a collaboration between Local Motors and a global community of designers, fabricators, engineers and auto enthusiasts. The vehicles represent a new era in manufacturing that is based on the latest advances in digital manufacturing, one of the trends being discussed and promoted at The MFG Meeting.


"Manufacturing as a Career is Never Boring!"

Sarah Gambill, Welding Engineer at Fanuc Robotics, says she is an MT Ambassador because she wants to see more young people get involved in manufacturing as a career.


Manufacturing can take you places you would never have imagined, even around the world. It's not a desk job. If you are looking for a solid career where you don't do the same thing every day, manufacturing may be a perfect career path for you!

IMTS: Everywhere You Look - Photo Contest

 I don't know about you, but I see images of IMTS everywhere!  

So send us your images spelling out I-M-T-S, we will choose our favorite and most creative pictures to be "featured" on the home page and on-site at IMTS 2014.  And if that isn't enough, the winner will also receive a $100.00 gift card, to be presented at IMTS.  Post them on your Facebook page, post them on OUR Facebook page, Tweet about them and use the #IMTS hashtag or post them on Instagram.

And send me a copy directly, and be sure to include a contact name, email and/or phone number so we can notify the winner.  Good Luck!

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Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014

IMTS, the International Manufacturing Technology Show, will once again host a student-focused program, called Smartforce Student Summit, during the show in September 2014.  It is an effort to encourage and entice students into the Manufacturing industry, to show them that a career in manufacturiing can be exciting and worthwhile.

Part of the program will feature MTAmbassadors, these are the millenials (people in their mid-twenties), who are currently working in manufacturing as engineers, sales engineers, application engineers, machininsts or other high-skilled production job with some of the well known companies in the industry. 

Here is an introduction to some of our Ambassadors:


We hope to encourage students, educators and parents to see that manufacturing should be an exciting option. To see more, be sure to visit the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014.



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