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Beyond the Exhibits

From software to hardware, and from ideas to implementation, IMTS is the place for solutions. But what too often gets overlooked is that IMTS is also the place for You!
Jul 28, 2022

You know you can find it at IMTS, whether “it” is a 5-axis machine, an additive manufacturing solution, quality assurance tools, or an innovative approach to part production holding tight tolerances or digital metrology capabilities. From software to hardware, and from ideas to implementation, IMTS is the place for solutions. But what too often gets overlooked is that IMTS is also the place for You!

Although IMTS is one of the largest advanced manufacturing shows in the world, bringing together tens of thousands of people in the industry, it is also a place where small groups from job shop stakeholders to female professionals to tech leaders come together. Part of finding – and connecting with – your community at IMTS means exploring beyond the exhibits.

In addition to marveling at all the technology available at IMTS, you’ll also want to dedicate some time to finding your place and your people at the biggest show in manufacturing.

Explore all our specialty programs and find your place at IMTS.

IMTS Specialty Programs

Job Shops

Job shops always get the job done. Powered by AMT and featuring MMS Top Shops, these two half-day workshops are exclusively designed to offer job shop stakeholders learning opportunities to excel, connect, and manufacture.

Topics include:

  • Workforce development and retention

  • Panel discussions on how to take your shop digital

  • Top Shop Benchmarking Survey trends

  • How to become a Top Shop

  • Automation and lights-out manufacturing

Women Make Manufacturing Move (WMMM)

The IMTS Women Make Manufacturing Move specialty program delivers curated sessions, meetups, and receptions to bring together female professionals from around the world to engage and connect. Event highlights include:

  • IMTS WMMM Reception, Monday, Sept. 12 5:00-6:30 p.m.

  • Luncheon, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Take 5, Friday, Sept 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m.


AMT Emerging Technology Center (ETC)

Visit IMTS.com/ETC. Sponsored by AMT, the ETC highlights state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. At IMTS 2022, the focus turns to the forward-thinking manufacturing efforts driving long-term presence on the moon and deep space exploration. You’ll walk through one section of a life-sized 3D-printed lunar habitat, see a live additive cell print and mill a prototype lunar habitat door, and view profiles of two future-facing outer-space projects.


New to the North American market and IMTS, the AM4U Area, presented by Formnext, will feature talks about adopting industrial AM into your production process, as well as entrepreneurship and business models. Highlights include:

  • “Discover 3D Printing” seminars by Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM)

  • “3D Technologies: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly?” by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

  • “Cool Parts Show,” hosted by the editors of AM Magazine

Next Frontier in Human Flight

Watch manufacturer and technologist Richard Browning as he takes to the air in his personal flight suit. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Browning will fly over McCormick Place using only power from his 3D-printed jet pack.

IMTS+ Main Stage

Hear the day’s keynote address from world-class leaders and honor recipients during awards presentations. Gain insight into technology, market, and economic outlooks. Watch live shows by “Making Chips,” the “AMT Tech Trends” podcast, and IMTS+ original series programming.


An IMTS debut event brought to you by AMT and the AMT Tech Center in Mexico, LATAM Night brings together Spanish-speaking IMTS attendees from around the world, in-country associations, and product experts from IMTS exhibitors to exchange ideas and create new synergies.


A dynamic industry collaboration between AMT and ASME, LIVE LAB – Digital Transformation. NOW. will deliver expert knowledge, hands-on experiences, and interactive technology. Featured technologies focus on the connected factory, digital twin, big data, AI, and machine learning through presentations, Deep Dive walk-up stations, and interactive technology displays that will help you forge a roadmap to the future of manufacturing.

Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2022

Inspire the next generation of manufacturers at the Smartforce Student Summit! Students will experience creative problem-solving, teamwork, and the technology that makes all things – from bikes and blenders to e-vehicles and spacecraft. Dozens of IMTS exhibitors will host hands-on activities at the summit, which is free and open to students, their parents, and educators at all levels.

Miles for Manufacturing 5k

The M4M Run/Walk is an excellent opportunity to get in your exercise at the conference while benefiting a good cause! The recipient schools prepare young men and women for success in selected career pathways with customized learning programs based on their manufacturing technology interests.

Conferences Powered By AMT

IMTS 2022 Conference

Industry innovators and leaders shaping the future of manufacturing will share their expertise in nearly 100 sessions. With a slate of product experts selected entirely from IMTS exhibiting companies, the IMTS Conference will equip you with tangible solutions that you can use at your shop immediately.

IMTS Investor Forum

Advanced manufacturing experts will demystify the estimated $65 billion manufacturing technology industry and offer tools to help you identify opportunities. Curated, guided tours of the trade show floor afford you an inside experience with the industry firsthand from startups and industry insiders.

Smarter Sourcing Symposium

The inaugural Smarter Sourcing Symposium, presented by The Onshoring Project, will deliver strategies for sounder and more financially beneficial North American part production. OEMs, tier suppliers, and contract manufacturers alike will benefit from demonstrations and panel discussions on new tools and proven techniques for leaner, more agile, more profitable domestic sourcing.

Co-located and Partner Conferences at IMTS

Additive Manufacturing 2022 Conference at IMTS

As the first and only event focused exclusively on additive technologies for industrial part production, this conference takes a look at the machines, materials, and methodologies used to create end-use tools and components. This event is designed for owners, executives, and engineers as well as OEMs involved in durable goods manufacturing.

3D Printing Workshop for Job Shops

3D printing complements CNC machining and helps make machining operations, systems, and workflows more effective. In this seminar, learn how machining facilities use 3D printers for tooling and runs of parts that do not make sense on traditional machining centers. We’ll focus on machining, lower-cost 3D printing capabilities, and printers ranging in price from midrange machine tools to desktop machines.

Industrial Laser Conference

This conference, presented by the Laser Institute of America (LIA), focuses on laser processing for manufacturing applications. We will consider laser applications from marking to cutting, to welding and heat treating, to remote welding, to cleaning and additive manufacturing, and more.

The Parts Cleaning Conference

The Parts Cleaning Conference is the place for you to learn the latest cleaning technology. Over the past few years, cleaning has become more important than ever. Environmental limitations are becoming stricter, and manufacturers demand high-quality, clean parts. The Parts Cleaning Conference will detail how to make it all happen while staying within compliance and on budget.

2022 HANNOVER MESSE USA Conference

The five topic tracks – Motion & Drives, Cybersecurity, Industry 4.0, Automation, and Supply Chain – offer a comprehensive conference that will provide solutions to current manufacturing concerns.

OPC Foundation Conference

The OPC UA Seminar is about industrial interoperability scaling from sensor to IT and Cloud and back. Learn about the ONE harmonized solution OPC UA FX for process and factory automation. Learn why MQTT-only is not enough and why the biggest 6 big IT companies support OPC UA over MQTT.

Tech Leadership Summit

The Tech Leadership Summit will bring together a global community of change-driven, growth-minded leaders. Focusing on digital transformation, they will exchange views and information, discuss tomorrow’s challenges, and share ideas leveraging current opportunities and solutions. Hear about big data, digital twin, robotics, additive, and tour the show floor with an industry expert.

Show Floor Education Sessions at IMTS

Smart Manufacturing Hub

We invite you to visit the smart manufacturing hub at IMTS 2022! Over the last decade, the evolution of the Internet of Things, big data, and the desire for ever-increasing productivity has driven the smart manufacturing movement. The growing need for education, alongside increased offerings and adoption, has provided us with the opportunity to lead the discussion on the future of making things.

HANNOVER MESSE USA Solutions Theater

Free to all visitors, the Solutions Theater will be located on the HANNOVER MESSE USA show floor in the East Building, Level 2. It will feature presentations, case studies, demonstrations, and special events. Topics include advanced connectivity, data-driven intelligence, smart workers and managers, human-machine integration, and advanced manufacturing methods. 

Peter R. Eelman
Chief Experience Officer
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