Attractions at IMTS 2014
AMT's Emerging Technology Center
Excitement in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center (ETC) focused on additive manufacturing in a large scale application. News of the world’s first 3D-printed car is still sweeping the nation from Chicago to Atlanta and from local stations to CNN. AMT, Local Motors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Cincinnati, Inc., collaborated to 3D print and assemble the first-ever electric car onsite during the six days of IMTS. On Saturday, Sept. 13, Jay Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder, Local Motors and Douglas Woods, President, AMT, drove out of IMTS 2014 in the newly finished "Strati".
The ETC also spotlighted the Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) that make up the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). America Makes Director, Ed Morris, often applies the military quotation “Think big, start small and scale fast” to describe the IMI strategy. The IMIs are brick-and-mortar regional hubs connecting a national network of stakeholders to better engage the public and private sectors to tackle the toughest challenges in advancing US manufacturing.
Advanced Manufacturing Center
The Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) presented by Gardner Business Media and named “Manufacturing’s Solutions Network”, centered on the five trends and technologies – additive manufacturing, automation, Automotive 2025, Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops benchmarking survey and data-driven manufacturing - that are moving manufacturing forward.
Today's Technology Center
Today’s Technology Center (TTC) presented by GIE Media featured technology from the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors grabbed the attention of many entering the West building.
Advanced manufacturing in aerospace was one of the central themes with a 1/3 scale model (10 foot long) of the Dream Chaser® Space Utility Vehicle (SUV) being developed between Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) Space Exploration Systems and Siemens PLM Software Group on display along with aerial target drones, built by Composite Engineering, Inc.
Live from the show floor … it's IMTSTV! Three live shows were broadcast daily, as well as the briefing editions that were seen at your hotel and on the IMTS shuttle bus, or online 24 hours per day. IMTSTV is also broadcast in the blogging areas and other locations throughout McCormick Place. Relive IMTS or watch what you missed and see the latest industry news now at IMTS.com/video.
Smartforce Student Summit
The Smartforce Student Summit is a free, week-long event at IMTS and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students, educators, school administrators and guidance counselors to gain a first-hand glimpse into in the world's most cutting-edge technology for the purpose of reinforcing a nationwide increase of STEM education at the secondary and post-secondary level.
Miles for Manufacturing 5K
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Miles for Manufacturing 5K run/walk hosted by IMTS and GIE Media made its debut. Despite cold, rainy conditions, more than 150 people supported the 5K run/walk.
Over $15,000 was raised and donated to the Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA), a college and career prep high school with a focus on manufacturing and engineering located on Chicago’s West Side. Austin Polytech was founded by the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council in 2007 to educate the next generation of leaders in advanced manufacturing. Students learn about careers in all aspects of the industry, from skilled production and engineering to management and company ownership.