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Join us at AeroDef 2023!

AeroDef is the premier conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing sectors. This event brings together leaders from top companies in these industries, as well as government representatives committed to furthering innovation in defense manufacturing. AeroDef is an interactive conference that allows attendees to facilitate relationships with prominent industry experts. 

Discover every opportunity at AeroDef: 

  • World-class Conference – Attend diverse technical sessions held by leading industry minds involved in engineering, product design, and business development.  
  • Aerofied Preferred Supplier Pavilion – Connect with key representatives from large aerospace and defense companies and meet exhibitors aligned with your specific interests, needs, and requirements.
  • Innovative Technologies – Interact with advanced technologies designed to address prevalent aerospace and defense manufacturing issues.
If you have a stake in aerospace and defense manufacturing, you can’t afford to miss the AeroDef conference.

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“AeroDef was a must attend conference for anyone interested in aeronautical manufacturing. The education sessions, speakers, workshops, tours and trade show were all top notch. As a first-time attendee and exhibitor, we were wonderfully surprised at the turnout and the traffic at our booth. We look forward to attending again next year. ”
-Kimberly J., Vice President of Sales, Flagship Facility Services

Why Attend?

Advanced technologies and unique manufacturing solutions abound at AeroDef. Attending AeroDef gives you access to expert educational sessions aimed at helping companies reduce costs, expedite production, and remain competitive in a global economy. Over the course of three days, the world-class AeroDef conference will put you face-to-face with the top minds leading advancement in the aerospace and defense manufacturing industries. Build relationships with industry experts, network with aerospace and defense leaders, and learn actionable insights when you attend AeroDef.

Event Features

AeroDef Floor Plan


Hear technical presentations from aerospace and defense experts and meet face-to-face with engineers, product designers, and your peers.


Immerse yourself in innovative processes, materials and best practices for aerospace and defense manufacturing.

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussions

Hear valuable discussions and insights from Aerospace and Defense leaders and disruptors who are shaping the future of manufacturing!

Technology Exhibits

Technology Exhibits

Discover new technologies and innovative solutions.


Keynote Presentations

Exclusive insight from industry experts.

Aerofied Preferred Supplier Pavilion

Preferred Supplier Experience

Identify new suppliers and make connections with potential buyers. 



The SME ZONE is the nerve center of everything SME at WESTEC and AeroDef.

AeroDef Student Research Poster Pitch Presentation Challenge

AeroDef Student Research Poster Pitch Presentation Challenge

This is a unique opportunity for students to present their cutting-edge research to an engaged and well-connected community of aerospace and defense experts.

Composites Awards Presentation

Composites Awards Presentation

Celebrate composites manufacturing achievements. 

This is your chance to meet face-to-face with leaders in defense and aerospace manufacturing and help shape the future of these industries. Take advantage of this opportunity and register today!

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AeroDef is the conference at WESTEC. WESTEC is a part of the Manufacturing Technology Series produced by SME and AMT.