FABTECH 2018 will have a new education and show floor for emerging industry trends and advancements in product innovation on 6th to 8th November.

North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event will attract over 35,000 attendees and feature 1,500 exhibiting companies at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta.

FABTECH 2018 provides a platform for the industry to discover innovation, share ideas and participate in hands-on product demonstrations that highlight solutions attendees need to accelerate and grow their business.

The new Smart Manufacturing Hub will have displays and daily presentations by companies such as Acieta, Desktop Metal, Microsoft and Stratasys on advanced manufacturing technologies including automation, IoT and 3D printing.

An expanded 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion will introduce an Ask the Experts Knowledge Bar featuring small group sessions.

There are more than 130 new and returning education sessions to participate in, 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.

“Core to FABTECH’s offering is it’s world-class education programming, designed to ensure the manufacturing community is able to get hands on and face-to-face with the latest technologies,” said John Catalano, SME senior director, FABTECH.

“The education offered at FABTECH truly adds value to every attendee show experience.

“This is the one event that gives professionals from small job shops to the largest Fortune 500 manufacturers, first-hand access to the expertise and knowledge they need to expand skill sets and boost productivity. Attendees can see, experience and test it first at FABTECH.”

New session titles include Roadmap to Smart Manufacturing Transformation, Revolutionizing 3D Additive Manufacturing, Next Generation Laser Cutting Technology and Integrated Solutions for Industrial Automation.

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

Education sessions are offered for attendees with a range of experience levels – from those new to the industry to those in need of a refresher, or veteran attendees with years of experience who are seeking more in-depth training.