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IMTS 2022 Rolls into Chicago

August 24, 2022

IMTS—The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest and longest-running industry trade show in the Western Hemisphere, runs every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. This year’s edition, September 12-17, will host thousands of the creators, builders, sellers and drivers of manufacturing technology, all looking to connect and find inspiration.

IMTSIndustry professionals from around the world will head to Chicago during that week to discover the latest innovations in digital and traditional manufacturing, experience more than 15,000 new machining technologies, and find processes that will help solve their manufacturing challenges and improve efficiency.

Show Hours


Level Hours


Level 2 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
East Level 3 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
North Level 1 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
North Level 3 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
South Level 3 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
West Level 3 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

IMTS, produced by AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology, has a rich history dating back 95 years when, in September of 1927 the first National Machine Tool Builders’ Exposition was held in Cleveland, OH. The show occupied 63,000 sq. ft. and attendance topped 12,000. Said its organizers at the time: “The show brought vividly to your customers the importance of an industry that could show 428 operating machines, ranging in size from milling machines weighing 100,000 lb. down to small portable machines like electric drills.”

Just 2 yr. later, attendance nearly doubled for the second National Machine Tool Builders’ Exposition, also held in Cleveland and attracting a record-breaking attendance of more than 25,000 engineers, executives and others form the manufacturing industry. Since then, the show has continued to blossom. 

Jump ahead to 2018, when the International Manufacturing Technology Show set all-time records for metrics. Notable growth areas that year included an expanded Additive Manufacturing Pavilion that featured 51 exhibitors and covered 31,550 sq. ft.; a strengthening partnership with Hannover Messe USA and its four co-located shows; and an expanded Smartforce Student Summit that drew 7000 more visitors than the previous IMTS in 2016. The 32nd edition of the show, it drew a record registration of 129,415 people and featured 1,424,232 sq. ft. of exhibit space representing 2123 booths and 2563 exhibiting companies. 

Regardless of your particular interests, you'll find a pavilion at IMTS that fits the bill. Among the technology-focused pavilions dotting the show floor:

Additive Manufacturing—West Building, Level 3

See the continued improvements in materials and processes for additive manufacturing (AM), including powder-bed fusion, binder jetting, material extrusion and directed energy deposition.

Abrasive Machining/Sawing/ Finishing—North Building, Level 3

For applications that require high tolerance and precision surface finish, this pavilion has the technology you need. These technologies are particularly important to the automotive, aerospace and medical industries, all of which require a high degree of accuracy and precision. 

Controls & CAD-CAM—East Building, Levels 2 and 3

The world of custom automation and the latest software is on display in this pavilion, everything you need to extract the maximum efficiency from your machine tool—optimizing your plant operations and cost efficiency.

At IMTS, controls, CAD/CAM and other digitally enabled tools will help define Smart Manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and other advancements in the digital enterprise. Visitors will learn how to be part of the trend to further connect islands of digital data into a fully integrated solution from design to performance to recycle and reuse.

Quality Assurance—East Building, Levels 2 and 3

This is where you'll find the metrology equipment and systems to keep your processes on track and find confidence and security in the quality of your output. It's also where you'll find the equipment that will check the accuracy of your machines, an important step to protecting your investments. 

Other pavilions:

  • Gear Generation
  • Fabricating & Lasers
  • Machine Components/Cleaning/ Environmental
  • Metal Removal
  • Tooling & Workholding Systems.

Formnext Makes its U.S. Debut

In its drive to improve, grow and explore opportunities in the global marketplace, Mesago Messe Frankfurt announced late in 2021 its plans to launch Formnext USA Chicago, in April 2025. Leading up to that exhibition will be a series of events designed to build the Formnext brand, starting with a new AM4U Area at IMTS 2022. AM4U, presented by Formnext, is a multi-use area on the show floor where industry experts will provide seminar presentations on the adoption of industrial AM, as well as entrepreneurship and business models for start-ups and young enterprises. In 2023 the AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be co-located with the Additive Manufacturing Conference in Austin, TX.

Says Glynn Fletcher, president of EOS North America: “EOS has been engaged with Formnext and AMT for many years. The combined strengths of these two organizations brings exceptional value to the AM industry and stimulates further peer-to-peer engagement.”

“The pace at which AM technologies accelerate makes IMTS a must-attend event,” says Peter R. Eelman, vice president and chief experience officer at AMT. “IMTS visitors will see AM solutions for production and high-volume part applications, tooling, workholding and fixturing that improve performance, lower lifecycle costs, and help reshore production. They’ll also be able to meet people pushing the boundaries of AM.”

Impressive Lineup of Additive Pavilion Exhibitors

The IMTS Additive Manufacturing pavilion plays host to more than 100 exhibits—twice the number of exhibits the pavilion hosted in 2018—displaying the latest equipment for powder-bed fusion, binder jetting, sheet lamination, material extrusion, directed energy deposition and more. Among the exhibiting companies:

  • EOS
  • Renishaw
  • Siemens
  • Zeiss
  • 3DEO
  • 3D Systems
  • 6K Additive
  • Additive Industries
  • AddUp
  • Desktop Metal
  • ExOne
  • Fabrisonic
  • HP
  • Markforged
  • Materialise
  • nTopology
  • Optomec
  • SLM
  • Stratasys
  • Trumpf
  • Velo3D
  • Xometry

Dozens of Conference Sessions Provide Unique Educational Opportunities

In addition to the vast display of manufacturing technology slated to hit the IMTS show floor, attendees also can take in more than 150 unique and educational conference sessions, most concentrated on Tuesday (65 sessions) and Wednesday (56 sessions). Among the topics on the agenda:

  • Solving Additive Manufacturing Challenges with Advanced 3D Scanning
  • The EV Revolution is Charging Up with Additive Manufacturing
  • Metal AM Workflow from the Bottom of the Sea to Outer Space
  • Additive for Subtractive–Design Considerations for Making AM and Machining Work Well Together
  • Training Programs for Additive Production: What Companies Ask for Vs. What They Really Need
  • Data-driven Process Control for Precision Directed Energy Deposition (DED)
  • DED Manufacturing of Large Critical Components: Pushing Boundaries of Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • FDA Clearance for AM Medical Devices.

Here’s the complete conference grid.

Official IMTS 2022 hotel details and amenities.

And, please be sure to visit the rest and relaxation station in the Additive Manufacturing pavilion, West Building, Level 3, Booth #432066, and pick up your free copy of 3D Metal Printing magazine! 3DMP

Industry-Related Terms: Form, Surface, Tolerance
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms


See also: TRUMPF Inc., Renishaw Inc., Siemens Industry, Inc., 3D Systems, Optomec Inc.



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