Student Summit Deemed a Success

Highlights included interactive exhibits and new programs for students and educators.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) reports that the 27 student-friendly exhibitors involved in the NIMS Student Skills Center at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) attracted more than 59,000 attendees throughout IMTS week.
Made possible with support and accommodations from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, this year’s Student Skills Center featured interactive, thought-provoking exhibitions that visitors could experience with all five sense, the organization says. Highlights included live 3D printing demos by 3D Systems; the Careers in Welding Center, an exhibit from the American Welding Society and Lincoln Electric that featured VRTEX 3D welding simulators, a replica of the Chilean miner rescue capsule and video teasers from “The Edge Factor;” and robot cells connected to hands-on simulators from Fanuc Robotics. Also new this year were Career Launch Pads, interactive information desks staffed by young professionals who provided one-on-one chats with students about skills and career options. Launch pad hosts included DMG/Mori Seiki, Mazak, Sandvik Coromant, Seco Tools, Southwestern Industries and Symbol Job Training. Finally, in partnership with Sandvik Coromant, the event included a mid-week conference designed to help for school administrators and guidance councilors expose students to manufacturing careers.

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