Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.Click image to enlargeNorth America’s premier event for metal fabricating and welding


FABTECH 2018 takes place November 6-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. More than 1,500 companies will be exhibiting, and more than 35,000 people from around the world are expected to attend. 

Since its inception in 1981, FABTECH has grown from a regional trade show into North America’s largest, most authoritative event for the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry. There are several notable additions to the show this year. One is the new Smart Manufacturing Hub, featuring displays and daily presentations by companies like Acieta, Desktop Metal, Microsoft and Stratasys on advanced manufacturing technologies including automation, IoT, 3D printing and more. An expanded 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion will introduce an Ask the Experts Knowledge Bar featuring small group sessions designed to provide answers to specific 3D/additive manufacturing challenges.

In addition, there will be more than 130 new and returning education sessions, including dedicated tracks focused on developments in 3D/additive manufacturing, automation, cutting and laser, finishing, forming and fabricating, lean, stamping, smart manufacturing and welding fabrication. New sessions include Roadmap to Smart Manufacturing Transformation, Revolutionizing 3D Additive Manufacturing, Next Generation Laser Cutting Technology and Integrated Solutions for Industrial Automation. 

FABTECH also has a new marketing and sales track, while expanded management and workforce development tracks cover management concerns such as managing innovation for growth and next generation leadership strategies. 

For registration and further details, visit FABTECH 2018.



November 6-8, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

No. of Exhibitors:

Show Hours:
Nov 6: 10 am – 6 pm
Nov. 7: 9 am – 5 pm
Nov. 8: 9 am – 4 pm

Job Shops Quebec - Consistent Growth

by Kip Hanson

Quebec job shop solves a big turning problem by switching to a different cutting tool provider

Water boost

Grinding machine maker boosts manufacturing efficiencies, cuts delivery times with new waterjet cutter

by Mary Scianna

The Problem
Improve product delivery times 

ESAB launches student contest in Canada, US

ESAB has launched its 2015 A Cut Above student contest, open to students in welding, cutting and related programs in secondary and post-secondary schools in Canada and the US.

Talking Safety

Shop Metalworking Technology discusses welding safety with Dave Hisey

The pressure is on

Rethinking high pressure waterjet cutting

by Tim Wilson

Are we hitting the ceiling on PSI levels in waterjet technology? No, but a manufacturer can’t just roll out more power without making sure that it works effectively.

7 VMC features for improved productivity

by William Howard

Understand machine features to increase performance

Punching technology: fast tool setup

TRUMPF's TruPunch 2000 is designed with fast tool setup, rotation of all tools and a rigid punching head for complex jobs. 

Smarter welding

by Kenneth Alrick

Advanced controls improve AC GTAW aluminum results

Bent on Success

by Mary Scianna

Culvert fabricator invests in robotic bending cell

The Problem: How to best fabricate a new product line

The Solution: A robotic bending cell

AM to play significant role in nuclear systems

The U.S. Department of Energy and its national labs are supporting early stage research on additive manufacturing that can ultimately be adopted by industry to drastically reduce the time it takes to design, build and certify nuclear systems.

Breathe Easy

by Steve Robertson

Nederman Canada’s Steve Robertson discusses managing welding fumes in the shop

Aerospace Manufacturing: Rising Star

The aerospace industry faces unprecedented growth–and the challenges that come with it

Landing the orders

The Problem: Diversify beyond landing gears to withstand market volatility

The Solution: 5 axis VMC and multi-tasking machines

Ontario landing gear manufacturer readies for competition with $1 M+ machinery investments


Greater grinding in 8 steps

by Jim Jennings

It doesn't matter how efficient upstream processes are if grinding slows you down

Better Waterjet Cutting

by Tim Holcomb

6 tips to improve waterjet machine performance

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