Just a few days to go until Formnext opens its doors to in-person event

November 10, 2021

Attendees during Formnext 2019 (Courtesy Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH/Mathias Kutt)

Formnext organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH reports that the event is set to go ahead in person for the first time since 2019, on November 16–19, in Frankfurt, Germany. This year’s edition will feature over 600 exhibitors in three halls (11.0, 12.0 and 12.1), as well as an extensive programme of supporting events.

The leading international exhibition for Additive Manufacturing and modern industrial production, which this year is being held as a ‘2G’ event (admittance for people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 only), will showcase exhibitors from thirty-five nations. These include 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Addup, Arburg, BigRep, Covestro, Cubicure, Desktop Metal, DMG Mori, Dyemansion, EOS, Evonik, ExOne, Farsoon, Formlabs, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, GE Additive, HP, Incus, Keyence, Markforged, Materialise, Nexa3D, Renishaw, Ricoh, Siemens, Sigma Labs, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, XJet, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, Covestro, Hexagon, Höganäs, Sandvik, Rosswag and the SMS Group.

“The amazing response we have seen from exhibitors and the AM industry as a whole, including those based outside of Germany, underscores the importance of Formnext as the leading international event in this sector and the strong appetite for coming together and interacting in person once again,” stated Sascha F Wenzler, Formnext vice president, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “It also demonstrates that this vibrant, in-person exhibition is crucial to a highly innovative industry like ours as a platform for showcasing innovations and discussing them with international industry professionals. It is the perfect springboard for getting future-oriented, sustainable technological developments off the ground.”

Partner country and a range of supporting events

The partner country for Formnext 2021 is Italy, and Italian exhibitors, such as Lincotek, Mimete, Prima Industrie, Roboze, Sisma, WASP, and others, will be showcasing the country’s position in the industry.

Led by scientists from Technical University (TU) Darmstadt, the special BE-AM | Built Environment Additive Manufacturing showcase encompasses a range of sectors from architecture and civil engineering through to manufacturing automation.

In a special area of Hall 12.0, the VDMA’s Additive Manufacturing Association will present examples of successful applications and developments in industrial AM: tools, machine components, prototypes, and much more besides.

For the seventh time, the international Formnext Start-up Challenge has recognised up-and-coming enterprises from the world of Additive Manufacturing for their innovative business ideas and technical developments. In 2021, the winning innovations range from nano and glass Additive Manufacturing through to new medical solutions for spine patients, and will be presented at Formnext by the international winners. At the Pitchnext event at the Start-up Area on 16 November 2021, sixteen startups will demonstrate why they would make a good investment. The award ceremony for the Start-up Challenge winners will also take place at this event.

This year’s purmundus challenge at Formnext will shine a spotlight on innovative end-to-end solutions from twelve countries on five continents under the motto ‘Innovation in Progress’. The finalists will showcase innovative concepts from the fields of medicine, biotechnology, VR, robotics, renewable energies, mechanical and plant engineering, e-mobility and drive technology.

The two-hour Discover3Dprinting seminars, which are free of charge, are aimed at newcomers to Additive Manufacturing in SMEs. These will take place every morning from 9:30 AM (CET) to 11:30 AM (CET) and clearly demonstrate the potential offered by Additive Manufacturing and how it can be put to profitable use in enterprise-own production facilities.

The four-day TCT Conference @ Formnext will discuss current and future applications and technologies of AM with presentations from Boeing, Deutsche Bahn, and GE Healthcare.

The focus of the ASTM Standards Forum will be ‘Industrialization of AM through standards and standardization – how can AM reach the next level?’. The workshop will be held on Monday, November 15, 2021, and is jointly organised by ASTM International, US Commercial Service and ISO.

For those unable to attend Formnext 2021 in person, Formnext Digital Days will take place on November 30–December 1.


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