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FABTECH 2017 'Steels' Chicago; Additive Pavilion a Hit

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
FABTECH 2017, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, hosted more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and a total of 44,935 attendees from 120 countries to celebrate manufacturing’s industrial evolution last week at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
With more than 750,000 square feet of exhibit space, FABTECH provided attendees with access to the industry’s leading companies, latest innovations and insight into current and future trends. The four-day expo included the most extensive education programming in its history, as well as a stacked lineup of expert-led panels and keynote presentations.

New this year was 3D/Additive Manufacturing pavilion, featuring exhibitors showing printing machines, hybrid equipment, materials, and software, plus presentation on additive topics. Pavilion traffic was steady and strong.

The expo also put on special events that attracted large audiences, along with sparking further discussions about featured topics such as workplace collaboration, innovation and creativity. Highlights included a new keynote format, “FABx Tech Talks” given by visionary leaders, the unveiling of the Albert Paley-Jesse James metal sculpture project and the popular annual Industry Night event, held at Soldier Field.

For more about FABTECH 2017 and FABTECH 2018, which will be held in Atlanta, visit


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