Special Events

Don’t miss the special events scheduled for FABTECH 2015. While at the show, November 9-12, make plans to stop by the keynote presentations, panel discussions, AWS Welding Competitions, Additive Manufacturng/3D Printing Center and join us for a special FABTECH Industry Night. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, there’s more in store for FABTECH 2015 that you don’t want to miss!



Running a Winning Organization

Speaker: Rusty Wallace

Location: Grand Ballroom
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m

NASCAR legend and champion Rusty Wallace places a focus on the fact that teamwork is pivotal to winning. Although you may drive solo, without the support of a pit crew and team, success is always more difficult to achieve. From the men and women in the crew to the final lap and finish line, Wallace demonstrates that anything is possible through the power of teamwork.


What Additive Manufacturing/3-D Printing Means for the Metal Fabrication Industry

Location: FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Additive Manufacturing is experiencing change and growth, but how can this innovation help improve your business?  Business leaders in the Additive Manufacturing industry will discuss where we are in this technology and where it is going. What are the new challenges? How should a company invest in the technology? How does this new type of manufacturing change the way that we do business?  Attendees can gain perspectives into this technology in terms of making metal parts and how the continued evolution of technology and pricing structure affect high-mix, low-volume manufacturers as well as reducing the cost of complex part production for metal manufacturers.

Moderator: Kevin Ayers, Industry Manager, Additive Manufacturing & 3-D Technology, SME

Carl Dekker, President, Met-L-Flo, Inc.
Bob Markley, CEO, 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing
Rick Neff, Manager of Market Development, Cincinnati Incorporated
Bryan Crutchfield, Managing Director, Materialise USA



Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Relax, unwind and enjoy food and drinks, all while connecting with colleagues and new friends. The Second Annual Industry Night Party at Lucky Strike in downtown Chicago promises to be a fun-filled evening  you won’t want miss. We expect this event to sell-out so get your tickets early when you register!

Advance tickets for FABTECH attendees are $50* and includes bowling, entertainment, food and drinks, networking, and more. Tickets go on sale July 15.

 *Limited to first 500 tickets purchased. Price will increase to $75.


Women of FABTECH Breakfast with Tech TourWomen in Manufacturing

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Room S100

Keynote Speaker: Karen Kerr, Director for Advanced Manufacturing, GE Ventures

Join us for a networking breakfast celebrating the importance of women in the manufacturing sector.  This event aims to foster relationships and dialogue between supporters and practitioners in the field. Includes a continental breakfast followed by a keynote and tech tour on the show floor. Price: $15.



Professional Welding CompetitionAWS-welder

Location: Hall C1, Booth C1844

November 9-10 – During Show Hours
November 11 –  Winners announced at 11:00 a.m.

Professional welders can sign up onsite to compete for a $2,500 first prize, a $1,000 second prize, and a $500 third prize. Don’t miss the chance to cheer on competitors as they demonstrate their skills to earn the title of “Best Welder in America.”  Contestants will make a single-pass SMAW weld with E7018 on low-carbon steel.
Speed and quality will be the criteria.