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Emerging Technology Center

7901 Jones Branch Drive
Suite 900
McLean, VA 22102
United States of America

P: 703-893-2900
F: 703-827-5250

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About Emerging Technology Center

Sponsored by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and operates IMTS, the ETC has become the “must-visit” exhibit and is renowned around the world for showcasing state-of-the-art and disruptive technologies that will impact manufacturing in the years to come. At IMTS 2004, the ETC made its debut as a place to educate, inform and excite the manufacturing community about ground-breaking innovations specific to the advanced technology industry. For the first time, IMTS will feature two AMT ETCs!

In the Additive Manufacturing ETC, visitors will experience demonstrations of the newest breakthroughs in materials, speeds and technologies. Highlights: Die-in-a-Day Scavenger Hunt, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), AM Research from ORNL, and the America Makes Knowledge Bar.

In the Digital Transformation ETC, visitors will experience many digital manufacturing innovations from free operating standards for machine shops and connected machines to cyberphysical security developed by leading technology organizations.


Articles & Product Announcements

Makino and iT SpeeX demonstrate a new digital assistant for machining. Athena brings voice control to CNC and voice-actuated access to information the machinist needs.


A visit to this show is the gateway to comprehensive renewal.

IMTS is a prime example of how the IIoT and digitalization have changed manufacturing. read more on
The four-day IMTS Conference, held in conjunction with IMTS 2018, features technical presentations from exhibiting companies. read more on

When the show closes for the day, make the most of your time in the Windy City. At the very least, add number 10 to your IMTS bucket list. 


Some great restaurants are only a few steps from McCormick Place.

The Miles for Manufacturing 5K attracts more than 300 runners and walkers from IMTS. All proceeds benefit school STEM programs in underserved communities. read more on
Where oh where has the IMTS balloon been? Find out if it blew through your hometown on its way to the big show. read more on
With over 2,400 exhibitors on 1.3 million square feet of floor space, IMTS 2018 has the broadest display of technology ever. read more on
Four co-located shows feature automation, surface finishing, vacuum and industrial construction technologies. read more on

In addition to economic forces, the technologies shaping the future of manufacturing show particularly significant promise for manufacturers of aircraft parts.


This year, IMTS features expanded exhibit space in the East and West Buildings. Level 2 of the East Building and the West Building Annex open at 8:30 a.m., allowing early bird attendees to beat the crowds. 

By beginning his career in the manufacturing industry learning from his grandfather, Doug Woods, president of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, has seen major shifts in technology. Lessons he learned from the past are still applicable in finding value in today’s show. read more on

Welcome to Chicago. There’s so much to see, learn and experience at IMTS 2018, but hopefully you’ve also carved out some time to enjoy the city. Here are a few possibilities for your Chicago bucket list.

Material and powertrain advancements are the two main drivers changing the auto industry. Consider the implications for manufacturing. read more on
Leading women in the manufacturing industry work to inspire other women to explore jobs in the field and to strive for leadership positions in their companies. read more on
Shops have many choices to handle large, heavy parts as well as small, delicate parts. Tight tolerances, tough alloys and complex geometry are the challenge. read more on
While in Chicago for IMTS 2018, check out these nearby destinations for music, cocktails and fun. read more on
Starting today, we are blogging live from the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which officially runs through Saturday in Chicago, Illinois. read more on
A decade after MTConnect was first introduced at IMTS, connected devices are offered by a host of suppliers here at the show. See the best examples of the technology in action in AMT’s Emerging Technology Center in the North Building. read more on
IMTS 2018: The overall goal of the ETC is to inform and educate the manufacturing community about advancements in technology that will impact the industry’s future. read more on
What does Sean “Diddy” Combs have to do with McCormick Place? How many pounds worth of machine tools are on the show floor? (And other trivia that will crown you the IMTS know-it-all.) read more on