AWFS Fair: Woodworkers Get BusyLAS VEGAS

- The Convention Center here is buzzing with woodworking activity as AWFS Fair 2011officially opened Wednesday. The return of the largest manufacturers of CNC machinery created its own buzz, with crowds massing not only at big equipment manufacturers but at surrounding equipment and software manufacturers.

AWFS Fair is also the first time Delta Power Equipment is exhibiting since its spin-off from Stanley Black & Decker. At a press conference yesterday Delta outlined its showed new woodworking products in its development pipeline, some in prototype and others in design stage.

Woodworking Software/Booth No.
20-20 Technologies 1318
Cabinet Pro 1545
CADCODE Systems 1467, Inc. 4969
CNC Automation 9305
Compass Software 9706
Delcam ArtCam 4010
Etemplate Systems 9806
Eurosoft Inc. 1016
Fagor Automation Corporation 9514
Joinerysoft, Ltd. 1018
KCD Software 1113
Kval, Inc. 9021
Laser Products Ind. 8249
Microvellum, Inc. 1535
  Automation Controls 9332
Planit Solutions, Inc. 1613
Pytha 3D CAD  1419
RazorGage, Technical Services 8142
Riverside Tool Corp.
SA International 1013
ShopBot Tools, Inc. 7909
SL- Laser Systems LP 9018
Stiles Machinery 8900
Thermwood Corp. 4210
TradeSoft, Inc. 1024
Trakware Systems 1768
Vectric Ltd 4746


In addition to the big names in computerized applications, the AWFS Fair show floor holds more than two dozen software manufacturers serving the woodworking industry, including business applications, design applications and manufacturing applications, many of them very specialized to unique solid wood machining operations. AWFS Fair is also the gathering point for the woodworking industries major governing bodies, and the educational organizations that serve the woodworking industry, large and small.
AWFS Fair: Woodworkers Get Busy
Opening day of AWFS Fair the Cabinet Makers Assn. formally launched its certification and training program.

The WorldSkills championship commenced, with two top student cabinetmakers competing for the opportunity to enter international competition.

The WoodLINKS educational organization that advances partnerships between the woodworking industry and schools and establishes educational curricula for high school and technical colleges held its appreciation Wednesday afternoon. This annual recognition event honors top supporters of woodworking industry education, with three awards:

Stiles Machinery educational services director Duane Griffiths received the annual Hilchie Award; Albuquerque, NM educator Max Rivera was named Teacher of the Year; and Microvellum marketing manager Clay Swayze was named Partner of the Year. Swayze was cited for his efforts to launch a dramatic and fresh new website for WoodLINKS, which is now live.

The event also marked the transition of leadership of the board of WoodLINKS, as Patrick Molzahn, program director for cabinetmaking and millwork at Madison Technical College takes on a three-year presidency of the board from David Peel, president of Microvellum.

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