Your two favorite brands are now working together! IMTS has recently partnered with Jim Carr and Jason Zenger to provide more information about the show to their audience as well as ours.

Leading up to the show, the podcast will be featuring interviews with AMT staff, full interviews with the IMTS Rockstars, and exclusive IMTS sneak-peeks! During IMTS 2018, MakingChips will be recording their podcast live every day!

Tune in as they explore day-to-day manufacturing issues with expert guests.

MakingChips – Live from the Main Stage at IMTS 2018!

During IMTS 2018, Jason and Jim will be live on the mainstage of the grand concourse hosting daily panel discussions with their peers from Metalworking Nation and sharing their insights with the audience.

Monday – Sept. 10  |  12:00 pm

What are we doing to educate and onboard the next generation of manufacturing leaders?

Eighty-four percent of manufacturing executives agree – there’s a massive talent shortage in U.S. Manufacturing. If the skills gap is our biggest challenge, what are we doing as a community of manufacturing leaders to educate and onboard the next generation?

Join us at noon on Monday, September 10, 2018 as we bring together a diverse panel of the best and brightest minds to brainstorm the different ways we can inspire our future colleagues and solve this massive challenge.


  • Titan Gilroy – CEO & Advocate for American Manufacturing – TITANS of CNC
  • Toni Neary – Director of Education – Morris Group Inc. – Haas Division
  • Jess Giudici – Manager of Talent & Culture – Smalley Steel Ring Company
  • Federico Sciammarella – Interim Mechanical Engineering Chair – NIU

Tuesday – Sept. 11  |  12:00 pm

What’s on the Manufacturing Horizon?

During times of rapid growth, long-term thinking can easily take a back seat to the next urgent task. Many manufacturing leaders lack the ability to see beyond the immediate future to think more clearly about manufacturing a decade from now. So we’re asking the prophets of manufacturing what our industry will look like in 10 years.

At noon on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, envision the future as our expert panelists cover topics like:

  • Workforce
  • Automation
  • technological innovations
  • domestic and global political regulations


  • Lonnie Love – Group Leader, Manufacturing Systems Research Group – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Jay Rogers – CEO & Co-founder – Local Motors Industries
  • Adrian Allen – Executive Director – Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC)

Wednesday – Sept. 12  |  12:00 pm

Social Media Marketing for Manufacturers<.

Growing a metalworking brand with social media is a mixture of art and science. For many manufacturers, social media is nothing more than a distraction, but savvy brands understand how to leverage social platforms to build authentic connections that drive tangible business results.

Learn the tips and tactics used by the most prolific social influencers in the metalworking community at noon on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.


  • Aisha Rasul – Founder & CEO – SociStory
  • Corey Koepnick – Owner & Operator – BadAssMachinists
  • Tom Fetcho – VP of Operations – MariTool Inc.

Thursday – Sept. 13  |  12:00 pm

What keeps you awake at night? 4 hot topics that will help you snooze better.

We believe that manufacturing is challenging, but our community of metalworking leaders have pinpointed these four topics as most likely to keep them up at night.

Listen in at noon on Thursday September 13, 2018 as four of your peers share their experiences with:

  • Succession Planning
  • Technology
  • Culture
  • Sales & Marketing

When we connect as a community of leaders, it makes it easier for all of us to get more sleep at night.


  • Barry Walter – COO – Barry E. Walter, Sr. Co.
  • Dietmar Goellner – CEO – Advanced Machine & Engineering / Hennig Inc.
  • Craig Zoberis – Founder & President – Fusion OEM
  • Teresa Beach-Shelow – President – Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.

Friday – Sept. 14  |  12:00 pm

Manufacturing Perspectives – How a machine tool manufacturer, tooling manufacturer and a CAD/CAM company work together to elevate a manufacturing business.

What is a community without collaboration?

Connecting technologies is the key to making progress in our industry. With technology advancing faster than ever before, how can manufacturing leaders unite and combine expertise to seamlessly produce results for the end user as we advance through the fourth industrial revolution.

Join us at noon on Friday, September 14, 2018 to learn how a machine tool manufacturer, a tooling manufacturer, and a CAD/CAM company join forces to elevate manufacturing businesses.

When we connect as a community of leaders, it makes it easier for all of us to get more sleep at night.


  • Jim King – President & COO – Okuma
  • Andrew Benson – CMO & GM – Iscar Metals
  • Meghan West – President & CEO – CNC Software, Inc. / Mastercam

Saturday – Sept. 15  |  12:00 pm

IMTS Wrap-up

Six days of IMTS is enough to make your head spin! Do you have the IMTS Hangover? We’ve got the remedy!

We’ve spent an entire week exploring the future of manufacturing technology while connecting dreamers and doers. Saturday’s session brings the IMTS experience to a close as we rehash the most important takeaways from the week.

Jason & Jim Wrap up the show with AMT leaders, Peter Eelman and Larry Turner at noon on Saturday, September 15, 2018.


  • Peter Eelman – VP of Exhibitions & Business Development – The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
  • Larry Turner – President & CEO – Hannover Fairs USA

Recent Episodes

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  • Developing a Sales Playbook for Your Manufacturing Company with Julie Poulos; IMTS & Partner Conferences with Bill Herman, Director – International Exhibits & Sponsorships, AMT
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  • The Power of a Positive Culture in Your Manufacturing Business with Matt Guse
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  • #143

  • Strategies for Buying and Selling Used Equipment with Ryan Wiegel & Pat McGibbon, VP – Strategic Analytics, AMT
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