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I spent the first nine months of my firstfulltime gig in this business utterly faking it.I wrote an endless barrage of stories aboutgiant, amazing machine tools. I fed the worlddozens of articles hyping up the potential of3D printers and outlining the potential-richstate of industrial robotics. But the fact is,I’d never actually seen any of these thingsin person. I’d interviewed hundreds of experts, I’d read thousands of articles and whitepapers about them,I spent my nights watching every You Tube video I could find tohelp me understand them better, but I’d never even touched a 3Dprinted part, let alone seen a machine in action.
This all changed that September as I stepped into the infinitehalls of McCormick Place for my first IMTS. And there—from Mazak’scity-sized booth filled with bus-sized machines chewing throughmetal like cotton candy, to Fanuc’s giant robotic arms jugglingsports cars, to (in a tiny booth way in the back) Stratasys showingoff its progress in industrial 3D printing—it all suddenly made sense.
That particular IMTS was the single most enlightening experienceof my professional life. I haven’t missed one since—they are vitalshows for me every September on even years, allowing me towatch every new design, every new technological breakthrough,every disruptive innovation ripple its way through the industry.
But this year, of course, there is no IMTS.
Of all the innumerable industries upended by the COVID- 19crisis—and our efforts to mitigate its reach—in-person eventswere one of the first hits. And a show like IMTS that crams100,000+ people into those narrow aisles is no exception.
Canceling the event seems like the only responsible thing todo right now—there’s no arguing with the decision. But I can’thelp feeling extra frustrated by this, even after six months ofcancellations and disappointments.
COVID- 19 hasn’t stopped innovation. Quite the opposite. We’reseeing whole new markets and product categories popping upseemingly out of nowhere every day, while plants and businesses across the industry discover a new need for novel applicationsof all these IIo T-driven, digitally transformational tools spillingonto the scene. And this is in addition to all the new productsand new equipment scheduled long ago to launch at IMTS andall the iterative improvements to existing tools and equipmentthat occur along the way.
We’re living through a once-in-a-generation manufacturingrevolution here and we have nowhere to see it play out.
This has been a hard year—hard for just about everyone everywhere, for a whole host of reasons that only just starts withCOVID- 19. But as we put together this issue (the erstwhile IMTSpreview edition) the realities of this frustrating year seem evenmore frustrating.
There is good work happening in the manufacturing worldtoday—more good work and more progress than anything we’veseen in decades. Innovation like this needs to be witnessed, itneeds to be celebrated, people need to know about it so theycan put it to work.
The state of the world may prevent us from doing this in personthis year, but that’s not going to stop us here. This has been ourmission at NED throughout the crisis: to ensure that all of the newtools, equipment, and innovations hitting the market today stillfind their way to the engineers and plants that need them. We’veredoubled our efforts to cover all these new products and to spreadthe word farther and with more impact than ever before.
This can’t match the power of kicking tires and wanderingthrough IMTS, of course, but all of our efforts are focused onmaking this brand, our ongoing virtual offerings, and the virtual conference & expo we are planning with our partners at Industry Week ( www.mfgtechshow.com) provide a close second.
For all the industrial powerhouses in need of the latest toolsand equipment to keep the world afloat and for all the innovators trying to make an impact,we’ve got you. Travis Hessman
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