Recommended Tradeshows

The following tradeshows have been recommended by our members.  To add your recommendations to this list, please contact [email protected].  

The sole purpose of this list is to share resources with those seeking guidance on model making techniques.  The APMM does not benefit from or endorse the tradeshows listed, nor does APMM accept responsibility for any information provided.  Links for third party sites are not under the control of the APMM and are not protected by our Privacy Policy.

Association of Professional Model Makers (APMM) Conference

Professional model makers are specialists in this process of realizing ideas in three dimensions, whether as physical object, or as a digital image. Biennial gatherings in different regions of the country in a rotating fashion, make it easier for our members to participate in conferences. Visit local model shops for our high-value technical tours on Friday and Monday.  Participate in workshops on Saturday and Sunday. 

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Manufacturing is changing at an astounding pace. And nowhere is that more evident than at an SME event. Not only in what you see, but how you see it. Our events have evolved into a flexible, multi-learning forum that allows you to experience the latest technologies, and inspires a dynamic exchange between attendees and exhibitors.

The Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018 provides practical solutions for applying the latest advanced manufacturing technologies that drive results.  Explore how leading companies are using transformative technologies to boost productivity, increase sales, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Discover the latest manufacturing trends, meet face-to-face with technology experts, and gather insights that will help you boost your business during numerous educational opportunities at HOUSTEX, the industry-leading southwest manufacturing trade show, providing solutions to manufacturing challenges for nearly four decades.

AeroDef Manufacturing® is an aerospace manufacturing and defense manufacturing conference and trade show for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry.

North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one-stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.

It’s all here, from long-established foundational manufacturing to the advanced technology that makes possible smart manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technology runs the gamut from high-end manufacturing equipment to smart technologies such as additive manufacturing and automation. EASTEC provides you with the ideal opportunity to make and renew business connections, explore the latest technology, learn from industry experts and shape the future of your business.

RAPID + TCT is North America's preeminent event for discovery, innovation, and networking in 3D manufacturing.

For more than 30 years, top manufacturers in Western Canada have attended WMTS looking for new ideas, solutions and suppliers to help them gain a competitive edge. Discover and explore the latest products and solutions on display by leading industry suppliers and partners. Absorb the invaluable information shared by keynote speakers specifically selected for your market. Take advantage of peer to peer networking opportunities in a relaxed environment during the afternoon receptions.

The North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME (NAMRI/SME) brings together researchers from leading companies, government laboratories, academic institutions and industrial think tanks located around the world for the advancement of the scientific foundation of discrete-parts manufacturing.

In manufacturing, you can’t afford to stand still. Get the tools you need to rev up your business at WESTEC, where the West Coast’s brightest manufacturing minds come together to explore, evaluate, connect and do business. Among the United States’ fastest-growing manufacturing regions, the West Coast is a hotbed of opportunity for companies with new products and innovative ideas.

For more than 30 years, the CMTS audience from within Canada’s leading industries including automotive and aerospace have come together to source solutions and knowledge from the global leaders in machine tools and tooling, metalworking, and advanced manufacturing.

SOUTH-TEC draws manufacturing suppliers, distributors and equipment builders from across North America and around the world – bringing them together in Greenville, South Carolina. With hundreds of exhibiting companies, attendees can find all the latest technologies and services – plus the experts who build them – ready to demonstrate solutions that can help them grow their business. Visitors can make side-by-side comparisons, discover integrated equipment, hear about industry trends and forecasts, and leverage their purchasing power.

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) National Conference

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) hosts events year-round including an annual International Design ConferenceEducation Symposium, District Design Conferences and other niche conferences such as Women+Design and Medical Design. DSA events advance the profession by bringing together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and related fields to support a key IDSA mission of community—by creating environments that foster engagement, networking and knowledge exchange.

International Machine Tool Show (IMTS)

The IMTS Conference brings the industry together, under one roof and at one time, to discuss new opportunities. Held in even numbered years and in Chicago.  More than 2,400 exhibitors from the metalworking industry will display their products and productivity solutions at McCormick Place in Chicago covering 1.3 million net square feet of show floor.

International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-USA

Held in even numbered years and in Atlanta, IWF is the largest showcase of machinery, materials, supplies, and services in the Western Hemisphere for woodworking and related industries.

Maker Faire

Maker Faire is a celebration of invention, creativity, and curiosity showcasing the very best of the global Maker Movement. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to learn, share, make and get inspired at Maker Faires around the world. Find one near you and get inspired for the future!

Additive Manufacturing Users Group

AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for presentation of papers relating to the dissemination of processes and new technologies related to the operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the secondary or final application of parts or/and tools made from these systems.