FABTECH 2017 Is Here: Manufacturing Collaboration and Transformative Technology

Professionals working in any facet of the modern manufacturing industry may have realized their industry is transforming. This may even be an understatement as new technology is playing a critical role in nearly every aspect of the manufacturing industry. Modern manufacturing has taken incredible strides forward and it can be a challenge to keep up with the latest innovations, equipment and services. That’s where FABTECH comes in.

FABTECH is an annual event that offers businesses a venue to meet with world-class suppliers, learn about the latest industry developments and find the tools that companies need to improve productivity, increase profits and find new solutions for all their metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs. Located at McCormick Place and spanning from November 6th – 9th, there are more than 1,700 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees who have full access to over 750,000 net square feet of event space.

There are a few particular topics FABTECH 2017 will be paying especially close attention to this year. One is 3D printing and Additive manufacturing. FABTECH 2017 will be hosting the 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion where separate panels will be discussing the intricacies and latest trends surrounding this revolutionary technology. The manufacturing industry has been paying extraordinarily close attention toward additive manufacturing because of all the incredible capabilities it can offer to businesses of all sizes.

This year at FABTECH 2017, the Tube & Pipe Producers and Suppliers Pavilion will be available to attendees. This is a very special joint venture hosted by Messe Düsseldorf and FABTECH. With use in industries like automotive, aerospace and recreational goods, this is the perfect time for these businesses to collaborate and discuss the latest best practices. The second new component of FABTECH 2017 is the Paley-James Project. Jesse James of West Coast Choppers and world-renowned sculpture artist Albert Paley will be collaborating to make two sculptures. The artists will start with one sculpture but the other will finish it. This will be documented by WXXI, Rochester, NY’s PBS station and a 60-minute documentary will be released after FABTECH ends.

The manufacturing industry has become much more collaborative over the past few years. Not only has the digital revolution made communication and collaboration easier to manage, it has offered businesses new ways to become more competitive. Industry events such as FABTECH have an important place in today’s modern business landscape as they provide venues for manufacturers to find the latest equipment while also meeting valuable connections to discuss the challenges their business faces with like-minded professionals. Each year FABTECH becomes even more exciting as new technology makes its way to the showroom floor. Be sure to visit the official FABTECH website for more information on exhibitors and find the full event schedule.