ABTECH brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Chicago November 6-9, 2017. More than 40,000 attendees and over 1,700 exhibiting companies are expected to gather once again to celebrate metal manufacturing at its best. The event also provides educational sessions and expert-led presentations covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming,  fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

Registration Opens in April 2017

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Cost to Attend

Admission to the show floor is complimentary if you register by the deadline (November 3, 2017).
After the deadline and on-site the fee is $50 (US).

Preview and download the Cost Justification Letter to support your decision to attend FABTECH!


Monday, Nov. 6  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 7   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, Nov. 8  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, Nov. 9  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

McCormick Place
2301 S. King Drive | Chicago, IL 60616

Create Your Itinerary

Planning Tools

Use the
FABTECH Show Planner
to plan your time at the
2017 show in Chicago.

Education Programs

Learn about the FABTECH education program, who should attend, continuing education credits and more.

Special Events

FABTECH offer something for everyone. From keynotes and expert panels to networking events and welding competitions.

Hotel and Travel

Make arrangements for hotel rooms and air/car travel. Find info for getting around Chicago, maps, things to do, and more!

What You Need to Know

First Time Attendees

Get the most from attending FABTECH, know what you would like to accomplish before, during, and after the show to maximize your time. Planning tips and key information to make your first visit a success.

Student Visitors

Individual students and school groups are encouraged to attend to learn more about the exciting
world of manufacturing.
Student registration for
FABTECH in Chicago
opens in 2017.

Networking Opportunities

Attend educational sessions, workshops,  show Special Events and Sponsored Events.
Stay connected before, during, and after the show via social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Dining at McCormick Place

The FABTECH Bistro offers an all-inclusive lunch buffet (advance tickets available soon). McCormick Place has many dining options including Starbucks, McDonalds, Connie’s Pizza and more. See the full list .

What Attendees Are Saying

(At FABTECH) “I learned a lot of information about tools I didn’t know existed.”

Christopher Reeder
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
AAR Mobility Systems,
Cadillac, MI

“Here (at FABTECH) I can make face-to-face contact and build relationships.”

Mark Prather
Welding Foreman
OTE Engergy,
Petersburg, MI

“The exhibits are just amazing. We can see and touch things, and see how things are changing. The amount of equipment, the staffing and set up in the booths is simply amazing. We would encourage anybody concerned with innovation, production, and safety to attend.”

Daryl Bass, Branch Manager (left)
— Mike Spain, Sales Manager
Machine and Welding Supply Company, Gaston, NC