Fabtech 2016 is North America’s largest show for technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. This year’s show takes place November, 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. The organizers recently announced a series of special events happening throughout its three days. Wednesday morning, November 16, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard shares his views in a keynote address on how to achieve greatness by setting the fears of the unknown aside with preparation, focus, discipline, determination and the right attitude. Later in the day, William Gaskin, president of the Precision Metalforming Association, will guide panelists from Armada Corporate Intelligence, The Franklin Partnership, LLP, and the National Association of Manufacturers through a discussion on the 2016 presidential election, which will have concluded a week before the event opens. They will cover its potential impact on American manufacturing, how it will affect the business climate for capital investment and tax updates, and what it all means for attendees’ businesses. Thursday, November 17, begins with a Women of Fabtech breakfast, followed by a tech tour. Jennifer Cipolla, Center for Additive Technology Advancement at GE, will discuss how GE is merging hardware and software to reimagine how products are designed, made and serviced. Later, Carl Dekker, president of Met‐L‐Flo, Inc., will moderate a panel of experts that will explore the technology and materials driving practical solutions and innovations using 3D printing. Panel members from Formlabs, GE, Linear Mold & Engineering, Inc., and Materialise USA will take questions and provide answers based on real world case studies. The afternoon will feature a forum on Advanced Manufacturing: Creating Competitive Advantages for Product Development.Advanced manufacturing experts from Autodesk, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and Plex Systems will discuss what it takes to remain competitive in today’s environment and succeed in the future of making things. The late afternoon will feature the Fabtech Happy Hour, for relaxing and networking. And, for those with the stamina, Friday, November 18, will start with the fourth annual RUN4MFG 5K run,to benefit nonprofit educational foundations and scholarship programs managed by Fabtech partners. www.fabtechexpo.com