Special Events

Don’t miss the special events scheduled for FABTECH 2016. While at the show, November 16-18, make plans to stop by the keynote presentations, expert panel discussions, Welding Thunder Team Fabrication Competition, and much more. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, there’s more in store for FABTECH 2016 that you don’t want to miss!

All events are free and open to all attendees unless otherwise noted.



The Power to Win!

Speaker: Sugar Ray Leonard

Location: FABTECH Theater, Central Hall Lobby
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m

Boxing Legend, Successful Entrepreneur and Author, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, Sugar Ray Leonard shows us how to achieve greatness by setting our fears of the unknown aside with preparation, focus, discipline, determination and the right attitude. Using real-life stories, his message motivates audiences to be the best they can be.

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State of the Industry: Post-Election Analysis

Location: FABTECH Theater, Central Hall Lobby
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Our expert panel will review the 2016 election results and discuss the impact on the manufacturing industry and the business climate for capital investment, tax updates, and what it means to your business. At stake in this election is not only the White House and Congress, but control of the U.S. Supreme Court, which will decide many controversial rules long after President Obama leaves office. What does the government have in store for you in 2017?

    Moderator:          Panel: 
William Gaskin, President, Precision Metalforming Association
Chris Kuehl,
Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence
Ned Monroe,
Senior VP External Relations, National Association of Manufacturers
Omar S. Nashashibi, Partner, The Franklin Partnership, LLP


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Location: Room N101

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.  Guest Speaker: Jennifer Cipolla, Center for Additive Technology Advancement Leader at GE

Join us for a networking breakfast celebrating the importance of women in the manufacturing sector.  Hear how GE is ushering in a new era of manufacturing, merging hardware and software to reimagine how products Women in Manufacturingare designed, made and serviced. Listen to Jennifer discuss her overall working experience and career at GE.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.   Networking and Additive Manufacturing Panel

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Tech Tour

Price: $15


Development Trends in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing 

Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: FABTECH Theater, Central Hall Lobby

Our panel of experts will explore the technology and materials driving practical solutions and innovations using 3D printing. The manufacturing environment is demanding more customization and faster solutions. Using available and affordable additive manufacturing technologies can increase manufacturing efficiencies of complex products, improve performance, decrease cost and reduce waste. The expert panel will take questions and provide answers; based on real world case studies.

     Moderator:        Panel:      
Carl Dekker, 
President, Met‐L‐Flo, Inc.
Jennifer Cipolla,
Center for Additive Technology Advancement, GE
Steve ImmelSteve Immel,
Americas Business Development,
Materialise USA
Robert Henderson,  Director of Additive Manufacturing, Linear Mold & Engineering, Inc.
David Lakatos, 
Chief Product Officer, Formlabs
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Advanced Manufacturing: Creating Competitive Advantages for Product Development

Location: FABTECH Theater, Central Hall Lobby
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

This expert panel will discuss what it takes to remain competitive in today’s environment and to succeed in the future of making things. Advanced manufacturing is high productivity, high profit, high wage, technology rich, and relatively high value added fabrication of globally competitive products that creates wealth and builds and sustains communities. Whether it be innovation, new technologies, design or educating the workforce; advanced manufacturing is the next industrial revolution to improve products or process.

      Moderator:           Panel: 
Dave O’Neil, 
Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing Media, SME
Jerry Foster, 
Chief Technology Officer,
Plex Systems
Lonnie Love, Ph.D.,
Group Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
Diego Tamburini, Ph.D.,
Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Autodesk
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FABTECH Happy Hour

Location: Throughout Exhibit Halls
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Mix and mingle with other attendees and exhibitors during Happy Hour. Held on the exhibit hall floor, Happy Hour is a great way to network with peers in a relaxed, entertaining environment while perusing the technology in exhibitor booths.

Complimentary beverage ticket included with event registration.



Location: Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd.

Registration Opens: 6:30 AM
5K Start Time: 7:00 AM

Join FABTECH at the 4th RUN4MFG 5K and show your support for the future of manufacturing! Run or walk this 3.1 mile course route through Town Square Las Vegas on the south end of the famed Las Vegas Strip.  It’s a great way to meet up with FABTECH attendees and exhibitors while supporting a worthy cause.

Cost*: $35.00
Cost includes FABTECH 2016 RUN4MFG T-shirt
*$50.00 – after November 4


Location: FABTECH Theater, Central Hall Lobby
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

From the hit reality series Counting Cars, show stars Kevin Mack and “Horny” Mike Henry will be at FABTECH to talk shop with attendees, meet with fans, sign autographs and take pictures. Stop by and get to know the guys who build cool cars and bikes at Las Vegas-based custom chopper and hot rod dealer Count’s Kustoms.


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Showroom Tour Package – Limited to 20 Participants
Time: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Super fans of the History Channel’s reality TV show “Counting Cars” will be excited for this Count’s Kustoms VIP Experience! Package includes VIP reserved seating at the Shop Talk session in the morning with Kevin Mack and “Horny” Mike Henry and an exclusive meet and greet autograph session with the  stars. Then join us from 12:30 – 3:30 PM for a tour of the Count’s Kustoms showroom where the series is filmed and see all the cool bikes & cars you know and love from the show! Following the tour, attendees will be chauffeured to Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill to enjoy drinks and appetizers. Includes transportation to and from the LVCC.  This is a VIP experience unlike any other in Las Vegas that you won’t want to miss!


Welders Without Borders: Welding Thunder Team Fabrication CompetitionAWS-welder

Location: Silver Lot

November 16, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November 17, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The 2016 Welders Without Borders Welding Thunder Welding Fabrication Team Invitational will be the event of the year for college and high school welding student fabricators. Welding Students will compete to weld and cook off their fabrication project for judges as required. Awards will be given to the teams with the most accurate fabrication project as determined by judges.


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Location: Outside of Central Hall
Time: 11:00AM- Show Close

Mix and mingle at the Blues, Brews and BBQ outdoor food and drink venue outside of Central Hall. This unique outdoor meeting area, is the perfect place to take a break and make new connections.

Food and drink prices apply.

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