Formnext 2021

After last year’s enforced switch to a purely online offering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Formnext 2021 is returning as an in-person event, continuing the successful trend of previous years. As the official media partner of the world’s biggest additive manufacturing trade show, since its very beginning, 3dpbm will be present on the show floor bringing you the latest news and product launches.

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Fomrnext is coming to the USA

The leading international exhibition for additive manufacturing and modern industrial production is taking place from 16 -19 November 2021 in Frankfurt am Main. This year it will feature more than 600 exhibitors (55% from abroad) in three halls, as well as an extensive and diverse program of supporting events. The importance of Formnext for the industry is reflected in the exceptionally high number of innovations and world premieres announced by exhibitors in the run-up to the event. These range from an array of new technologies and systems designed to make 3D printing even faster, more efficient, and more economical to countless innovations across the process chain, from materials to post-processing.

Formnext 2021, which this year is being held as a “2G” event (admittance for people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID only), will once again showcase the global elite of additive manufacturing and exhibitors from 35 nations. Included among them will be market leaders and innovative start-ups from all over the world, as well as companies from the entire process chain – from material manufacturers to companies from measuring technology, machining, and surface finishing. Also presenting their expertise at Formnext will be an increasing number of larger corporate groups and additive manufacturing users, such as Rosswag and the SMS Group, whose in-depth experience has been acquired over many years.

Formnext 2021 will additionally be offering an exceptional program of supporting events. For the first time, Formnext will have a European partner country, Italy. Formnext 2021 will return as an in-person event, continuing the successful trend of previous years.

Led by scientists from Technical University (TU) Darmstadt, the special BE-AM | Built Environment Additive Manufacturing showcase encompasses a whole range of sectors from architecture and civil engineering to manufacturing automation. In a special area, the VDMA’s Additive Manufacturing Association will be presenting examples of successful applications and developments in industrial 3D printing: tools, machine components, prototypes, and much more besides. For the seventh time, the international Formnext Start-up Challenge has recognized up-and-coming enterprises from the world of additive manufacturing for their innovative business ideas and technical developments. At the Pitchnext event at the Start-up Area on 16 November 2021, 16 start-ups will demonstrate why they 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 12 countries on 5 continents under the motto Innovation in Progress. The finalists will showcase innovative forward-looking concepts from the fields of medicine, biotechnology, 4D printing, 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 a.m. (CET) to 11:30 a.m. (CET) and clearly demonstrate the potential offered by additive manufacturing and how it can be put to profitable use in enterprise-own production facilities.

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  • Tritone Technologies, a pioneer in metal additive manufacturing, introduced the new Tritone DIM, a mid-range metal AM platform at Formnext. Powered by Tritone’s patented Moldjet technology, DIM addresses the needs of consumer goods and consumer electronics manufacturers, service bureaus, R&D and educational departments to create end-use metal parts. “Our propriety…

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  • Now in its seventh year, Formnext 2021 once again gave a warm welcome to the international AM community and, following last year’s online-only event, built on the remarkable successes of previous years. Held in Frankfurt am Main from 16-19 November 2021, the exhibition featured a series of world premieres throughout…

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  • Equispheres TRUMPF

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