IMTS 2022: What’s New at North America’s Largest Manufacturing Trade Show

By on September 16th, 2022 in Event, news

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The Figur G15’s DSF technology. (Photo: Business Wire)

Featuring exhibits that range from automation and CNC machining to 3D printing, IMTS is back with a bang.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is back after a four-year hiatus. Typically held every two years, North America’s largest manufacturing trade show was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event promises to compensate for the absence.

Over 1,200 exhibitors are at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois to display their latest solutions, from CNC machining and injection molding to on-demand 3D printing services. In fact, the additive manufacturing presence at this year’s show is relatively larger than in previous years—with 83 3D printing exhibitors representing more than double the number that participated in 2018’s event.

Here’s what’s new at IMTS 2022.

HP: S100 Metal Jet 3D Printer

HP launched their S100 Metal Jet 3D printer at IMTS. The company appears to be banking on the growing opportunities within the world of metal additive manufacturing.

“The natural evolution for us was going into metals,” said Ramon Pastor, Global Head and General Manager at HP, during a press briefing. “The opportunities are huge—but to realize these opportunities, several things need to happen.”

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Desktop Metal: Figur G15

Additive manufacturing leader Desktop Metal used the IMTS trade show to launch the Figur G15, the first commercial platform of its kind for digital sheet metal shaping and building. Employing a patent-pending Digital Sheet Forming (DSF) technology, the G15 uses a digital design file to build parts out of sheet metal. This allows production to circumvent time-consuming, expensive processes such as custom-forming, presses, stamping tools, dies or molds that are used in conventional sheet metal manufacturing.

During a build, the G15’s software-guided ceramic tool head forms metal sheets one layer at a time using a force of up to 2,000 pounds. The proprietary build box design features a forming area of 1450 x 1000 x 400 mm and can produce steel sheets up to 2 mm in thickness and aluminum sheets that are 2.5 mm in thickness.

Sheet metal designs produced on the Figur G15. (Photo: Business Wire)

Given the efficiency of production and cost-effectiveness, the company believes there is a wide range of applications for the Figur G15, particularly in the aerospace, automotive and appliance industries.

FANUC: NC Reflection Studio

FANUC is demoing their new NC Reflection Studio at IMTS 2022. The studio boasts highly accurate CNC cutting simulation with backplotting, troubleshooting and part program editing capabilities, as well as a suite of job setups.

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