The History (and Future) of IMTS

The International Manufacturing Technology Show has a rich history. Every IMTS is significant in some way, but this article identifies some landmark years for the show.


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Originally founded as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association (NMTBA), this shot from the 1950s show provides a good perspective on how large the show has grown today.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show has a rich history. Every IMTS is significant in some way, but this article identifies some landmark years for the show. In the future, when some later version of this article is written, will 2016 be remembered as one of the show’s landmarks? I think it will be. We already know of at least one way this year’s show will be important. With the debut of a new Additive Manufacturing Pavilion and with an Additive Manufacturing Conference spanning multiple days of the show, this will be the year AM finds its home at IMTS.

Read about IMTS’s history, and if you haven’t done so already, make plans to attend this year’s show