Formnext has announced a call for speakers for its 2023 conference, featuring a reimagined format said to meet an increasing demand for more in-depth opportunities to share knowledge and ideas surrounding Additive Manufacturing. The conference will now feature three stages dedicated to current and future applications, technologies, and relevant metatrends.
With the new Application, Industry, and Technology Stages the new-style conference programme will further promote the important exchange between technology suppliers and users. “This will allow us to better meet the industry demand we experienced last year, while creating even more space for discussion and transfer of knowledge and experience,” explains Sascha F Wenzler, Vice President of Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
On the Application Stage, applications from various industries will be grouped into different areas, each with four 20-minute presentations. These will cover various topics including mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive industry, aerospace, medical technology, electrical engineering, tool and mould making, and automation and others. This Stage will also reportedly shed light on the entire process chain for each industry, from materials, pre-processing, and additive production to post-processing and quality assurance.
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The Industry Stage will focus on promoting interdisciplinary exchange between industry experts and sector representatives. Current, seminal issues, such as sustainability and digitisation, will be presented in a keynote address, explored in greater depth in Expert Insights, and further debated during a panel discussion. The agenda also covers key AM topics such as intellectual property, DfAM (Design for AM), business opportunities, startups, and funding, as well as current issues of cross-sector importance, such as cyber security, skills shortages, and supply chain resilience. In addition, the Industry Stage will tackle questions around new emerging technologies such as bioprinting, as well as the Additive Manufacturing of food and pharmaceuticals, and will have a role in bringing global business issues and Additive Manufacturing together.
The dynamic development of generative technologies is also constantly leading to novel solutions from manufacturers and throughout the process chain. These will be showcased by Formnext exhibitors on the Technology Stage. On each day of the show, there will be a morning and afternoon session featuring innovations from the fields of materials, preprocessing, AM production, and post-processing.
The Call for Speakers is now open. Proposals for papers can be submitted via the Call for Speakers form no later than 30 June 2023.