Additive Manufacturing Pavilion Moving for IMTS 2018
“Ben, I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics! There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it.”
This iconic career advice was provided to a very young Dustin Hoffman in 1967’s “The Graduate.” Fast forward 50 years, and there’s no doubt the one word of advice would be “additive” — except that instead of just plastics, additive manufacturing now includes titanium and other alloys. There is no doubt about the popularity of the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion at IMTS. Whether or not visitors actively use additive manufacturing in their own operations (yet), a multitude of IMTS 2016 visitors demonstrated an interest in additive manufacturing. For example, Joe Elliot, Model Maker, Master Lock Company, discussed how 3D printing changes how he approaches design work.
To meet visitors’ growing interest, as well as the demand for increased exhibition space among exhibitors at IMTS 2018, the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion has been relocated to the front of the West Building. Additive manufacturing is a reality for the industrial marketplace. Although it is still maturing, the technology has progressed so far that if visitors ignore 3D printing at IMTS 2018, they do so at the peril of reducing their competitiveness. Andrea Wosel, Project Manager of C&R Manufacturing, noted that the 3D printed vehicles on display demonstrated that between IMTS shows, “It’s amazing how fast the technology moves.” Designing for 3D printing requires a completely different approach, as does integrating the power of 3D printing into an industrial operation. Fortunately, within the IMTS Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, visitors will find companies that offer full suites of 3D products, and they are good at explaining the benefits.
Look for more stories to come on all the ways IMTS 2018 showcase 3D printing, but for now, just remember two words: West Building. Here’s a link to exhibitors in IMTS 2018 Additive Manufacturing Pavilion.