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Coming to IMTS 2012: See a Car Built Live on the Show Floor



"The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS has always featured the latest in eye-catching, jaw-dropping and thought-provoking technology," said an IMTS spokesperson. "IMTS 2012, taking place Sept. 10-15, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, will bring the biggest ETC feature yet, a Local Motors car, built live right on the show floor, as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of the ETC.

"Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open source design community, and the company plans to build its distribution through micro factory retailing: a national network of local units that handle manufacturing, sales and service. They will build a Rally Fighter model at IMTS to be decked out with a customized IMTS skin."

"Bringing a live manufacturing experience to the show floor is an exciting and dynamic event for IMTS 2012," said Peter Eelman, VP-Exhibitions & Communications at AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS. "We feel Local Motors embodies the collaborative and innovative spirit that is crucial to furthering the manufacturing industry."

There will be two other big features in the ETC, Additive Technology and MTConnect, the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices.

Additive Technology will feature the latest advances in this exciting manufacturing concept. "These technologies actually 'compress time,' in that they reduce the time between design and production and eliminate certain processes associated with traditional machining, such as tooling," the spokesperson said. "Additive manufacturing truly makes things possible in manufacturing that were not possible before. In addition, 3-D printing, a type of additive manufacturing, allows for 'desktop manufacturing,' bringing production to places it previously couldn't be done, such as homes and classrooms.

"Finally, MTConnect will return to the ETC in 2012. First introduced at IMTS 2008, this groundbreaking interconnectivity and communications standard is changing the way manufacturing equipment and devices are monitored and their productivity analyzed. The standard has been gaining more widespread use throughout the industry and has been called the 'Rosetta Stone' of manufacturing because it allows equipment and devices to speak a common language."

"At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2012 will feature the innovative and game-changing manufacturing technology that people have come to expect," Eelman said. "We're looking forward to another great show."

For more information contact:

IMTS Exhibitions Department

7901 Westpark Drive

McLean, VA 22102

800-828-7469

www.IMTS.com

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