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5 Industry Events Every Sheet Metal Fabricator Should Attend


Learn the tricks and tools of the sheet metal trade by attending industry events this year. Attendees will get the chance to network with peers, listen to keynote speakers, do hands-on demonstrations and look for new products and solutions for their local companies. Here are a few of the industry events you should attend:

AISTech 2017: Association for Iron & Steel Technology

May 8-11, 2017

Nashville, TN

This event will feature technologies from around the world, including products for iron making, steelmaking, rolling, finishing, engineering and metal processing. The 4-day program will have more than 450 technical presentations by the industry’s leaders who will showcase their advancements and give keynote presentations. Whether you present, attend, or exhibit, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to network with sheet metal industry peers and discover new ideas. Change your career for the better by registering for AISTech here.

Aluminum Solutions: Advanced Training for Welding Aluminum Alloys

May 9-11 and October 31-November 3, 2017

Cleveland, OH

With aluminum becoming increasingly prevalent in sheet metal manufacturing as a lightweight alternative to steel, Lincoln Electric Company is hosting a seminar to help people achieve greater aluminum alloy success in welding. Event-goers will learn about the latest welding technology through practical, hands-on demonstrations and lectures. They’ll also learn about the typical characteristics and performance expected when using this metal, including strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and “weldability.” Register for this event here.


October 18-20, 2017

Las Vegas, NV

This event is dedicated uniquely to metal in construction. Event goers will have the opportunity to discover the latest innovations and service in the sheet metal construction industry on a show floor that’s constantly buzzing with action.

Peer-to-peer education sessions, featured speakers and more than 800 booths and 8,000 people make METALCON an unforgettable experience. Attendees come from more than 52 countries to find new solutions for their local business, to network with architects, roofers, engineers and fabricators, and to discover practical takeaways for their company. Sign up for more information here.


November 6-9, 2017

Chicago, IL

FABTECH 2016 attendees will have the opportunity to see, touch and learn about the latest innovations in the sheet metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. More than 1,200 companies will be showcasing hundreds of pieces of equipment and providing hands-on demonstrations during the exhibits. There will also be complimentary business presentations, featured keynote speakers, and the State of the Industry Outlook speech.

With more than 27,000 visitors, event goers will be able to network with sheet metal industry peers, discover new practices for their local company and receive a top-notch education in sheet metal trends and skills. There’s also a welding competition, FABTECH Industry Night, and other special events to enhance the FABTECH experience. For registration and more information, click here.

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)

September 10-15, 2018

Chicago, IL

The IMTS is known as the premier manufacturing technology show to experts around North America. More than 2,000 companies will occupy 1.3 million net square feet of show floor with their exhibits at McCormick Place in Chicago. The IMTS attracts more than 114,000 buyers and sellers from approximately 112 countries.

Event goers will see more than 15,000 new machines, tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve the efficiency of their local companies. They’ll gain valuable insights and advice from the various metalworking exhibits, and equipment demonstrations will be available in the product category pavilions. Discuss new opportunities, network with sheet metal industry peers, and explore fresh ideas for your local business at this biennial event. Registration for this event will be available.

The fall is packed with industry events for you and your colleagues to attend, so register for them as soon as possible. You’ll be able to network, exhibit and discover all around the country.

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*This post has been updated as of April 4, 2017 to reflect the most recent information. 

Topics: Education, Events, Sheet Metal Fabrication

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