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How to Maximize Your Visit to the Design-2-Part Show This Year

Updated: May 15, 2023

The Design-2-Part show is May 17-18, 2023 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

If you're interested in finding the latest manufacturing solutions and networking with industry professionals, the Design-2-Part Show in Schaumburg, IL is a great place to start. With hundreds of exhibiting companies and thousands of attendees, it can be overwhelming to navigate the show floor. In this blog post, we'll provide you with some tips on how to make the most out of your visit.

Plan Your Visit Ahead of Time

Before you arrive at the Design-2-Part Show, it's important to have a plan.

Review the list of exhibiting companies and their products, and create a list of those you'd like to visit. This will help you avoid aimlessly wandering around the show floor and missing out on valuable connections.

Use the D2P “My Show Planner” to Plan Your Day

My Show Planner allows you to do things like add exhibitors and products that you're interested in, save sessions and appointments to a personalized calendar, see product recommendations from vendors, and plan where you want to go on an interactive map of the floor.

Create a My Show Account here.

Dress Appropriately

It's important to dress comfortably and wear shoes that are suitable for walking around for extended periods. Keep in mind that the show floor can get crowded, so avoid wearing bulky clothing or carrying heavy bags.

Arrive Early

Arriving early will give you ample time to navigate the show floor before it gets too crowded to ensure you don’t miss any exhibits.

Bring Business Cards

Make sure to bring plenty of business cards to share with exhibitors and fellow attendees. This will help you make connections and follow up with potential partners after the show.

Take Notes

Bring a notebook or a smartphone to take notes about products or services that interest you. This will help you remember important details and follow up on leads after the show. Also writing quick notes on the back of an exhibitors business will help staying organized and make it easier for after show follow ups

Bring Real Life Parts

The D2P show is a great place to bring sample parts or PDF drawings. This is a great way to interact with a potential supplier with your specific project.

Touch the Parts!

Most exhibitors will showcase a variety of parts to showcase their capabilities. Feel free to pick up and examine the parts to ensure their quality will meet or exceed your needs.

Follow Up

After the show, take the time to follow up with contacts you made at the Design-2-Part Show. Send them an email or call to discuss potential business opportunities and thank them for their time.

In conclusion, attending the Design-2-Part Show in Schaumburg, IL can be a valuable experience for anyone interested in the manufacturing industry. By planning ahead, dressing appropriately, arriving early, bringing business cards, taking notes, bringing parts or prints, and following up, you can make the most out of your visit and forge valuable connections.

If you're planning on attending the show and have specific needs or interests, don't hesitate to reach out to Robb or Ryan ahead of time. This can help ensure that they're available and have time to give you the attention you deserve during the show.

Robb Tausend-


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