Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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About The Show

What are the show dates?
September 9-14, 2024
September 14-19, 2026
Where is the show held?
McCormick Place
2301 King Drive | Chicago, IL 60616
IMTS will occupy all four of the buildings at McCormick Place: North, South, East, & West. There is over 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. Each building will have specific product sectors.
East Building, Level 3
· Fabricating & Lasers
· Machine Components / Cleaning / Environmental
· Quality Assurance
· Software
East Building, Level 2
· Smartforce Student Summit
North Building, Level 3
· Abrasive Machining / Sawing / Finishing
· Automation – accelerated by SPS – Smart Production Solutions
· Gear Generation
South Building, Level 3
· Metal Removal
West Building, Level 3
· Additive Manufacturing – accelerated by Formnext
· Tooling & Workholding Systems
What are the show hours?
Show Hours (all hours are central time)
Building / Level Exhibit Hall Hours
East Building, Level 2 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
East Building, Level 3 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
West Building, Level 3 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
North Building, Level 3 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
South Building, Level 3 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
What are the Visitor registration locations & hours?
There are designated visitor registration areas in each building at McCormick Place:
· North – Level 1 by Gate 26
· East – Level 2 Lobby
· South – S102
· West – Level 3 Central Concourse
The hours of registration in each building at McCormick Place:
Registration Hours (all hours are central time)
Building / Level Registration Hours
East Buildingm, Level 2
(Smartforce Student Summit)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
East Building, Level 3 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
West Building, Level 3 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
North Building, Level 3 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
South Building, Level 3 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Are Cameras/Video Equipment Allowed on the Show Floor?
Cameras and video recording devices are allowed on the show floor; however, each exhibitor may limit the use of photography in their booth. Exhibitors may have a ‘No Photography’ sign in the booth. To obtain a ‘No Photography’ sign, visit the IMTS Show Office in your building. To take photos of another booth, permission must be obtained from the booth personnel.
Is there a Dress Code?
While there is no dress code, most visitors wear attire that is consistent with what you would wear to a manufacturing plant or factory.
Is there an Age Restriction to Attend the Show?
Children under 18 may attend IMTS during show hours only Sept. 9-14 and must be accompanied by an adult.
Children under 18 are not permitted on the show floor during move-in (Aug. 31-Sept. 11) and move-out (Sept. 18-24).
How Can I Get the Latest News from IMTS?
We have four official e-Newsletters:
· IMTS+: Explore a new digital destination, designed for the manufacturing technology community, where you can watch, read, learn, join, and connect.
· The IMTS Insider: This is your one-stop destination for updates about the show, as well as information on business solutions, manufacturing technology advances, marketing & sales tips, professional development, and industry events.
·IMTS Technology e-Newsletter: Your in-depth guide to the most exciting and innovative products that will be on display at the show. This e-newsletter begins its publication cycle approximately 8 weeks prior to IMTS.
· Wake-Up IMTS: Your daily morning insight for upcoming events and latest news from the show floor. Produced show days only (Sept 12-17).
What do I do if I lose my badge?
You may visit any Visitor Registration area to get another one. Please have photo ID.

Show Planner

What is the Show Planner?
The Show Planner combines planning and logistics into one easy-to-use tool. You can use the Show Planner to research and contact exhibitors before the show, explore virtual floor plans, organize personal events, and browse conference sessions – so you can make the most of your visit to IMTS 2024. Visit to get started.
Will I be able to access Show Planner on-site at IMTS?
You may access your Show Planner via the IMTS app.
How do I get started?
Setting up a Show Planner account is easy and FREE. To get started, visit


What type of inspiration & learning opportunities does IMTS offer?
There are more than 10 conferences held at IMTS along with live learning experiences through the shows. The IMTS 2024 Conference, Co-Located Conferences & Workshops run Sept. 9-14, 2024 and brings together the industry to discuss opportunities, exchange new ideas, network with peers, and explore new ways to enhance business.
· AMT's Emerging Technology Center
· IMTS+ Additive Hub
· IMTS+ Afterwards
· IMTS+ Automation Hub
· IMTS+ Digital Manufacturing Hub
· IMTS+ Main Stage
· IMTS+ Metalworking Hub
· The IMTS 2024 Conference
· IMTS Elevate: Job Shops
· IMTS Elevate: Women Make Manufacturing Move
· IMTS Elevate: LATAM
· IMTS Investor Forum
· Industrial Laser Conference
· Parts Cleaning Conference
· Smart Manufacturing Showcase
· SPS Theater
· Supply Chain Forum
· Succeeding wiht Powder Bed Fusion Workshop
· The Automated Shop Conference (TASC)
For more information on the IMTS Conference and other co-located conferences, visit
What sessions are available at each conference?
Session information will be available June 1, 2024. Once sessions are open, you will be able to browse conference sessions by day, or by conference using our Session Search.

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