Formnext: a big comeback for the 3D printing industry

Image source: Mesago / Thomas Klerx

Formnext, the international exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies, that is being held in Frankfurt for several years now, has already reported a 50% increase in registrations compared to same time last year.

So many reasons can explain this increase: first of all, both emerging start-ups and well-established companies find out the business opportunities they are looking for during the event.

Furthermore, the growing use of additive manufacturing increasingly encourage companies to look for solutions, worthwhile applications of the technology and business cases across a wide range of sectors.

In addition, Formnext is now certified by U.S. Commercial Service; therefore, exhibitors will have more opportunities to cooperate with US partners. The US Commercial Service fosters trade relationships between German and American companies. Moreover, it should be noted that, the US represents a key important group of exhibitors outside of Germany, followed by China with a share of 10.7% in 2017.

Image source: Mesago / Thomas Klerx

What can we expect for this year?

Apart from new solutions in advanced areas (hardware, materials), the scope of subject will certainly expand. Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH affirms that: “Part of this involves our effort to present the entire process chain in modern industrial production in an even more condensed and comprehensive way.” Other topics such as software, post-processing and complex industrial tool-making will receive a significant attention this year.

“discover3Dprinting”, launched last year with the aim to make it easier for companies from as many industry sectors as possible, to start using AM will be renewed this year. “The curtain will rise on Discover3Dprinting 2018 at PCIM Europe in Nuremberg on 7 June.” English and German versions of the conference will lay emphasis on possible applications in power electronics, where 3D printing can help achieve improved methods of controlling temperatures and cooling. Furthermore, at Achema 2018, four seminars will demonstrate the potential AM offers to the chemical processing industry, whose biggest global trade fair is scheduled for 12-13 June in Frankfurt am Main. A wide range of applications can be found in miniature reactors or even industrial production systems.

Image source: Mesago/Klaus Mellenthin

The Start-up Challenge

Companies that have been on the market for less than 5 years can register until July 13th, 2018. The competition which is being organized for the fourth time, in collaboration with MUST 3D Printing, highlight young and innovative companies of the industry.

The five first winners will benefit from a free and equipped exhibition booth within the Start-up Area at formnext 2018. They will be integrated into the most important marketing and communication activities conducted by the event, pitch their ideas and showcase their products during the event. Last, they will receive return tickets sponsored by Deutsche Bahn as well as business coaching provided by AM Ventures.

Image source: Mesago

The Purmundus Challenge

For this sixth edition, the competition will be organized under the theme “3D printing gears up our future”. The challenge features solutions that address some of the challenges of our daily activities with the help of 3D printing. Finalists of this year will have a special showcase at Formnext 2018. “3D printing has what it takes to influence our future in a way that is both lasting and positive. It gears us up for all eventualities”, explains Corinna Ray, Management of purmundus challenge.

The purmundus challenge 2018 therefore encourages the creative minds out there to discover the perspectives 3D printing techniques might offer the modern world, especially in the manufacturing of products everybody can use. In a certain extent, the contest fosters the adoption of materials and procedures that have not yet broken through, are still being researched, or have yet to be invented.

Participants can register until September 23rd, 2018. Winners will be rewarded with prizes valued at a total of €12,000.

This is just a glimpse of what Formnext 2018 is currently preparing for the three days of the show (from November 13th to 16th 2018). #StayTuned

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