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Making Global Connections

SME hosted 11 events across three countries in 2019, with another strong slate ahead for 2020. SME events are the one-stop shop for everything you need to know about manufacturing.

Increase industry connections through SME curated events. Strategic one-stop-shop locations have been selected for SME 2020 events to better meet the needs of industry professionals. Our events are designed to further advance manufacturing with a strong understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities the industry faces. SME events attract individuals across various industries and verticals creating a stimulating learning environment and knowledge share for all attendees.

At SME events you'll have the opportunity to witness product announcements, discover the latest applications and technologies, and learn where the manufacturing industry is headed next. Either as an attendee or an exhibitor, there is no better place to advance your business, goals, and strategic campaigns. Find inspiration, hear from industry experts, and learn how to take your manufacturing to the next level at our 2020 conference and tradeshows.

Look Ahead to 2020 Events
AeroDef Manufacturing (March 16 - 19 in Fort Worth, TX)
RAPID + TCT (April 20 - 23 in Anaheim, CA)
MMTS/STFM (May 11 - 13 in Montreal, QC)
FABTECH Mexico (May 12 - 14 in Mexico City, Mexico)
Smart Manufacturing Experience (June 2 - 4 in Pittsburgh, PA)
FABTECH Canada (June 16 - 18 in Toronto, CA)
NAMRC 48 (June 22 - 26 in Cincinnati, OH)
FABTECH (Nov. 18 - 20 in Las Vegas, NV)


Key Numbers




Engaged audiences in Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 2019.




Experienced the exhibit floor and education programs participating in product evaluation, education and collaborative discussions.




Demonstrated the emerging trends and technologies that are influencing the future of manufacturing.



Event Highlights


SME Launches New MT Series

SME Launches New MT Series

SME and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) have partnered to bring together four strategic regional manufacturing events located in key manufacturing hubs across the United States.

Learn About MT Series



Our Largest, Most Comprehensive RAPID + TCT Yet

Our Largest, Most Comprehensive RAPID + TCT Yet

RAPID + TCT is the hub for the additive manufacturing community, and where industry-accelerating products are launched. This is North America’s most influential additive manufacturing event.

Learn About RAPID + TCT


FABTECH Reaches New Milestones

FABTECH Reaches New Milestones

The 2019 event closed with record attendance of 48,278, providing opportunities for industry professionals from 95 countries to network and experience new and emerging technologies that are shaping the manufacturing industry.

Learn About FABTECH



Canada Manufacturing Is Booming

Canada Manufacturing Is Booming

SME is committed to advancing the manufacturing community in Canada. Almost 13,000 attendees participated in CMTS 2019, Canada’s national stage for manufacturing technologies, best practices and industry connections.

Learn About CMTS


How You Can Get Involved

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsorships provide premium marketing exposure to a targeted group of manufacturing practitioners and companies when they are actively evaluating products and services.
Innovative Platforms

Exhibit Opportunities

Reach new prospects. Raise your company’s profile in the media and industry. Included with your exhibit space are a number of marketing tools and opportunities to promote your company before, during and after the event. Get the most from SME events – we’re ready to help.
Speaking Opportunities

Speaking Opportunities

By speaking at an SME conference and/or event you'll benefit from enormous exposure for yourself and your company, while also sharing your knowledge and educating the manufacturing community.

Event Coverage from SME Media

  • Event Coverage

    FABTECH 2019 Brings More Than 48,000 to Chicago’s McCormick Place

    November 27, 2019
    Enduring an early winter snow storm on its opening day, Nov. 11, the FABTECH show nevertheless brought a record crowd to McCormick Place in Chicago’s South Loop.
    By Bruce Morey - Senior Technical Editor, SME Media, Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Event Coverage

    Southeastern Manufacturing Shines Bright at SOUTHTEC 2019

    November 14, 2019
    Every other year, manufacturers in the Southeast get to shine and showoff at SOUTHTEC. More than 5,900 manufacturing professionals and leaders descended on Greenville, S.C., for this year’s event to see the latest equipment, tools, software, training and technologies driving manufacturing today.
    By Chris Mahar - Operations Manager, SME Media
  • Event Coverage

    WESTEC 2019 Makes Successful Debut at New Location

    October 7, 2019
    On Sept. 24, WESTEC 2019, the leading West Coast manufacturing event, opened for the first time at its new location: the Long Beach Convention Center. The three-day event showcased the latest in machinery, metrology, design, digital, 3D printing, and engineering expertise.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Event Coverage

    Strong Attendance, Educational Program Drive EASTEC 2019

    June 5, 2019
    Advanced manufacturing technology intersected with longstanding machining traditions at EASTEC 2019, held May 14-16 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. The event, produced by SME and AMT, has been a New England tradition for 35 years.
    By Geoff Giordano - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Event Coverage

    At RAPID + TCT, An Emphasis on the Here And Now

    May 23, 2019
    At this week’s RAPID + TCT show, there was an emphasis on how 3D printing was part of the present and not so much part of a distant future. Various companies – from makers of 3D printers to suppliers of materials – talked about how additive manufacturing is part of the present.
    By Bill Koenig - Senior Editor, SME Media
  • Event Coverage

    HOUSTEX 2019 Brings Education, Networking and Manufacturing’s Best to Houston

    March 8, 2019
    More than 5,400 manufacturing professionals from around the country descended on the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston last week for the biennial HOUSTEX event, held February 26-28. There, visitors interacted with more than 280 exhibiting companies occupying 65,610 square feet of exhibit space.
    By Chris Mahar - Operations Manager, SME Media

Photos from 2019 Events