It’s not too late to get to Las Vegas for AWFS Fair.
The North American woodworking industry will gather at this month’s AWFS Fair, July 24-27, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Attendees at AWFS Fair can shop and compare new woodworking equipment and technologies, view machine demonstrations, attend educational sessions, and network with other woodworkers. AWFS Fair offers a cost-effective way to find new technology, learn about the latest industry developments, and find new opportunities to improve.
Attendees can shop and compare a wide range of products, including CNC technology, woodworking equipment, hardware, software and supplies. Many of the largest woodworking equipment companies have announced plans to take part in AWFS Fair 2013, and about 600 total companies will be exhibiting in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
AWFS will also be holding many different activities that will appeal to all areas of the woodworking industry, from Educational Seminars, New Products and even belt sander races. Here is a glimpse of the happenings at this years show:
Education program: 50 sessions
The 2013 College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) educational seminar program of the AWFS Fair will be held over five days, beginning with the pre-show day, Tuesday, July 23. The education program includes 50 diverse sessions and 68 speakers prepared to share their expertise with participants. From all-day training workshops and open forums to skill demos and up-close technology sessions, CWWK offers many ways to learn.
A few highlights include a Design and CAD/CAM Software Open Forum hosted by five experienced technicians and practitioners from the manufacturing realm; Microvellum Software’s Shawn Maberry will be participating in this forum, a discussion you will not want to miss!
AWFS Fair will offer three seminars free of charge to all attendees: Strategies for Reducing Citations in the Woodworking Industry, Regulations and Certifications Impacting the Woodworking Industry, and Benefiting from Industry-Education Partnerships. The free sessions are scheduled one-a-day on Wednesday through Friday of the show.
AWFS Fair offers Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) on all of the show seminars. Certificates of completion can be printed out on-site after each session is completed. AWFS stands behind its highly regarded education program with a satisfaction money back guarantee.
Microvellum will also be offering training courses on their software and demonstrations on the new software technologies making their debut at this years AWFS. Be sure not to miss a moment of the highly informative training at our booth, #4231. For a complete list of the classes being held, click here.
AWFS highlights new products and resources to save attendees time and money, addressing new challenges, uncovering opportunities, developing the best education and ensuring the right connections, so that the time spent at AWFS Fair packed with benefits, value and return on investment.
The New Product Showcase features many of 2013’s new product launches. Items are identified with exhibitor and booth number so attendees can find them easily on the show floor. This year’s show is expected to include one of the largest showcases in years.
First-Time Exhibitor Showcase will help attendees identify the right new resource that could change the way they do business. Attendees can meet exhibitors new to the show, and find out what they can do for them.
New Product Awards will highlight the best new products for 2013 that combine creativity, quality, and innovation. AWFS honors top examples with these prestigious awards. The products are on display at AWFS Fair for all attendees to preview. Entries compete in five categories: Environmental, Ergonomics, Safety, Innovative Technology and Productivity. For more information go to awfs.org.
AWFS has also renamed the Sequoia Awards program. The new Visionary Awards will be part of the New Product Showcase at AWFS Fair and will include award categories: Product Innovation; Productivity in Software; Green/Environmental Leadership; and Ergonomics/Safety. Award product types include: Machinery under $50,000; Machinery over $50,000; Power Tools; Components; Software; Hardware-Decorative; Hardware-Functional; Raw Materials. Microvellum entered Blueprint Analyzer into the Visionary awards this year, be sure to stop by the booth to learn more about this new software.
Fresh Wood competition
The Fresh Wood student woodworking competition will return to AWFS Fair in 2013. Launched in 1999 by AWFS to showcase student talent and expose students to the woodworking industry and the potential careers within it, it is open to high school and post-secondary students in accredited woodworking programs in North America. Entrants may be full-time or part-time students who are transitioning into a career in woodworking or a related field such as design or architecture.
Demolition derby adds action to belt sander races
One event that sets the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas apart is the Belt Sander Racing Association Championship sponsored by Accuride. Complete with starting lights, a 75-foot custom track, wild custom racers and crazy action, the event always fills the grandstands. But this year, the event should be even more exciting as Accuride has added a “Crash & Smash Demolition Derby” to the action.
Participants with sacrificial sanders are invited to participate in the head-on “Crash” segment or the “Smash” segment, where sanders will careen into a post specially designed to cause sanders to break apart. Contestants will earn prizes, with the most spectacular crash taking home a special trophy.
Fun is the operative word as many sanders come highly decorated to compete in the “best dressed” category.
The National Championship Races feature speed-obsessed competitors who race stock and modified belt sanders down a 75-foot wooden track. The fastest and best-dressed sanders take home trophies and special awards presented by Accuride.
The Belt Sander Championship Races are a highlight of the AWFS Fair, with more than a thousand people packing the grandstands to see the grit—and sometimes sanders—fly. But even when the sanders aren’t racing, they are entertaining, as many come with spectacular and outlandish decorations to compete in the “best dressed” category. The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the convention center’s Central Hall, booth #9746.
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Every two years, thousands of serious woodworking professionals gather at AWFS®Fair to keep their businesses productive, competitive and on the cutting edge. Gain unparalleled access to the entire home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers.
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 S. Paradise Road, Las Vegas.
When: July 24-July 27, 2013, Wednesday-Saturday
Show hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
For more information: www.awfsfair.org