include a more diverse supporting programme than ever before. Focusing on a wide range of industry topics, this year’s Formnext will introduce a Service Provider Marketplace, whilst established events will be expanded to include additional elements.
Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, the event organiser, expects that the Service Provider Market Place will be one of the highlights of this year’s supporting programme. Organised in cooperation with Daimler Truck & Buses, this will showcase how Additive Manufacturing can be deployed successfully, and the role that service providers play in the process.
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Focus on sustainability with partner region Nordic
This year’s regional partner is the Nordic region, who will highlight the economic potential of the AM industry in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Given that the region is also known for playing a leading role in sustainability, the around two dozen Nordic exhibitors will also be presenting a host of AM-based innovations and solutions in this field. The central hub will be the Nordic Pavilion.
Innovative start-ups and career opportunities
The Formnext Start-up Challenge is taking place for the ninth time and recognises innovative and viable business ideas. At the Pitchnext event on November 7, exhibitors from the Start-up Area will give short pitches to present themselves and their innovative products.
Innovative young start-ups will also have an opportunity to present themselves at the Young Innovators booth of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). At Career Day on November 9, job seekers can learn about career opportunities in the AM industry, speak to a career adviser, and have an up-to-date application photo taken. For the duration of the exhibition, current vacancies for the AM community will be advertised on the Formnext Job Wall in the Career Area as well as in AM Jobs, a new online portal. The exhibition also provides an opportunity for face-to-face interaction with potential new employers.
Mechanical engineering, AM for newcomers, and international standards
The Additive Manufacturing Working Group of the VDMA, the honorary sponsor of Formnext, will be hosting a showcase featuring beneficial AM applications from the world of mechanical engineering. Member companies from the association (approximately 200 in total) produce additively manufactured components that enable new functions, contribute to sustainability, or improve supply chain issues.
Companies looking to enter the AM industry are expected to find useful insights and advice at the established Discover3Dprinting seminars, which are being held in cooperation with ACAM and will be taking place on each day of the exhibition.
Using real applications, the BE-AM showcase will demonstrate the latest developments in the increasingly important topic of AM in the construction industry. Alongside this, the BE-AM Symposium on November 8 will provide extensive background and present future developments in the field.
One day before the exhibition commences, the ASTM Standards Forum – which is being held in cooperation with the organisations USCS, ASTM, ISO, and America Makes – will once again bring together international experts and decision-makers from the AM industry to discuss the important topic of standards.
Formnext streAM – the complementary digital offering
This year, Formnext will once again be offering a complementary digital platform. Interested parties will be able to view exhibitor products, connect with companies, and arrange meetings (in person or online) at Formnext streAM. The platform will remain live until the end of November, providing an opportunity to stay in touch before and after the physical event. A highlight of Formnext streAM is Formnext.TV, which gives viewers the chance to follow the events taking place on stage live and on demand.
More information on the Formnext 2023 programme can be found here.