Industry leader Stratasys' booth (#431600) showcases carbon fiber, metal and plastic parts ready for the factory floor.
get Your Motor Running
They've even found their way on the racetrack, which is appropriate considering all the new upstarts chasing them.
Additive Adding Value
The industrial 3DP companies may be disparate in methodologies, but aligned in a unified message that they need to be taken seriously. For parts casting, voxeljet AG (booth #432303) has found using their powder-binding-jetting method can save 75% over traditional methods.
Voxeljet is confident that when their major customers use them once, they will say, "I'll be back."
Surprises Around Every Corner
A great thing about a poor sense of direction is you get lost and find new booths, and new companies you never heard of. These models are made by Stacker 3D (Booth #432401) using Fused Filament Technology (FFT). You had me at "I am Groot."
Thomas Additive Edison
Expect GE Additive (#431300) to bring more good things like this bust of the company founder to life. According to GE, just about all their branches, not just GE Aviation, are developing an additive strategy.
IMTS was built on machining, and for companies such as Kennametal (#431522) this is the biggest week of the year. They had tons of cool new bits and tools, though what you do with those is most impressive. Machining icon Titan Gilroy used their tools to make this chess board. He has worked with prisoners to give them marketable skills, and I can only imagine the chess board Andry Dufresne would have made with a CNC machine as opposed to rock paper.
MiR revealed the MiR500, which has a payload of 500 kg and can handle pallets. That's of obvious value to warehouses, though the autonomous material handlers may wind up on hospital floors moving patients someday.
MiR, Universal Robots and OnRobots are all byproducts of Danish education. One thing is clear: There is nothing rotten in Denmark's STEM programs.
Universal Approach with Personal Touch
Universal Robots' President Juergen Von Hollen and CTO Esben Ostergaard were on hand to meet with attendees and discuss how more and more manufacturing applications are ready for cobot duty.
Xplore Technologies, recently bought by Zebra, makes handy rugged tablets, and their name offers good advice for how to approach the rest of IMTS.