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, expert panel discussions, AWS Welding Competitions, Additive Manufacturing/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!

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

Download and print the  Special Events Schedule-at-a-Glance here or scroll down for more information.



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: Dave Flynn, Senior Business Development Manager, Materialise USA

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

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Enterprise Security Risks: Is Your Company Protected?

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

Smart Manufacturing, Industrial Internet, Industry 4.0, and Advanced Manufacturing; what do they have in common? The threat of enterprise security breaches and compromises has become one of business’ greatest – and most unpredictable – risk factors. An increasing number of companies are falling victim to internal and external threats, and the manufacturing industry is no exception. This session offers a comprehensive look at the current threats manufacturers’ face, the security vulnerabilities they exploit, and the potential impact on an organization. Attendees will receive critical information and guidance on developing a security strategy that deploys the latest and greatest technologies available to protect a company’s valuable information and minimize disruption to customers, operations and productivity.

Moderator: Jay Monahan, Global Practice Lead – SAP Shop Floor/ Delivery Lead- Industry Solutions, Dell Services

Dominick Glavach, Principal IS Security Engineer, Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Jay Conolly, Director, Commercial Solutions Prescient Edge, LLC
Ben Gibson, Owner, Solution Architect, SyrRoc Systems


Location: Lucky Strike downtown Chicago
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.  Special Appearance by Jeanette Lee, famous “Black Widow” Professional Pool Player. We expect this event to sell-out so get your tickets early when you register!

Advance tickets for FABTECH attendees are $50* and include bowling, entertainment, food and drinks, networking, and more. Tickets can be purchased when you register to attend FABTECH 2015. Already registered? Access your existing registration and select ‘Upgrade My Registration’ to add your Industry Night ticket. Ticket packages available for exhibitors to purchase through exhibitor registration.

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

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Women of FABTECH Breakfast with Tech TourWomen in Manufacturing

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Grand Concourse Lobby

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 and tech tour on the show floor. Price: $15.

Attendees can see Karen Kerr’s keynote presentation following breakfast in same location.

Karen Kerr

Innovation and the Future of Work in Advanced Manufacturingge_monogram_primary_blue_RGB (2)

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

Location: FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m

GE is at the forefront of innovation, from changing the way we design and manufacture our products to optimizing supply chains and industrial processes. These advanced manufacturing techniques are creating faster disruptions, more flexible factories and higher-performing products, which has empowered the worker and elevated the workforce. The future of work is full of creativity and entrepreneurship, and will redefine the competitive landscape in multiple sectors, creating far-reaching implications that will reverberate through international trade patterns and the distribution of global growth. And it is affecting each of our daily lives through major advances in health care, energy, transportation, and the way we work.


State of the Industry Executive Outlook: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing Technology

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

Advanced manufacturing and a culture of innovation is driving the future of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. In this session, leading manufacturers will discuss how they stay on the forefront of manufacturing technology advancements and how they deal with these disruptive technologies as it relates to new product introduction, supply chain, customer interaction, and advanced automation. Learn how successful manufacturers approach innovation through advanced manufacturing to meet customer needs and how small to medium sized job shops can enhance their own competitiveness in today’s world. Walk away with new insights that will guide your business decisions for 2016 and beyond.

Moderator: Rebecca R. Taylor, Senior VP National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

Marni Rutkofsky, Director of Strategy and Marketing, GE Ventures
Robert Henderson, Director of Additive Manufacturing, Linear Mold & Engineering, Inc.,
Tom McGaughy, Director of Technology, EWI


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.  Contestants will make a single-pass SMAW weld with E7018 on low-carbon steel. Don’t miss the chance to cheer on competitors as they demonstrate their skills to earn the title of “Best Welder in America.”
Speed and quality will be the criteria.

Learn more and register today!

Robotic Welding Competition

Location: Hall C1, Booth C1835

Contestants have the chance to prove their robotic welding prowess in a two-part competition which includes a hands-on practical test and a written examination. Both portions are timed, with the practical exam requiring a thorough knowledge of the art of robot programming, safety, and weld inspection. The practical portion will be judged based on speed, accuracy, and quality of the completed weld.

For the first time this year, contestants will also be divided into two separate classes: amateur and professional. The amateur class will include students or potential students in the robotic arc welding field, while the professional class is reserved for people already employed in a robotic welding field.

Learn more and register today!