What We Learned at Westec 2017

Westec offered a useful mix of emerging technology and practical applications. This slide show reflects this mix in its eclectic coverage of what exhibitors had to offer.


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I can honestly say I’ve never been to a metalworking tradeshow that I didn’t like. This year’s Westec was no exception. Although it was announced that this show will be moved to Long Beach, California, for its next iteration in September 2019, downtown Los Angeles has given this show a little glitz and glamour that sets it apart—at least sets its setting apart—from other shows. In fact, the LA Convention Center, home to Westec, is next door to several skyscraper building projects, further enhancing this show’s luster.

For my coverage of the event, I focused on what I saw that was new (or at least new to me) in the booths I could visit. Although I am never able to get to as many as I hope to, the ones I can visit are sufficient to reveal developments and trends worth reporting. I also made a point to catch some of the practical, pragmatic exhibits that might be overlooked—solutions for problems a shop might not be aware of until the fix is in front of them.

Modern Machine Shop Associate Editor Stephanie Hendrixson was at the show as well. In particular, she focused on new products and developments in the additive manufacturing area. Our combined slideshow presents the highlights of what we saw and learned at Westec this year.