This November, 550 players from the additive manufacturing industry—from startups to multinationals—will come together in Frankfurt to showcase the latest innovations in AM as part of the fourth annual Formnext expo. This year’s event will be the largest Formnext to date, spanning over 36,000 square meters.
Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, said: “The fact that we’ve been able to occupy all the exhibition space so well even after expanding again underlines the highly dynamic and sustainable growth of Formnext, which is impressive confirmation of the exhibition concept that we have developed together with the industry.”
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Formnext announced that both levels of the Exhibition Hall 3 were fully booked with ten weeks to go until the actual event. The more than promising registration and scale of the event suggest that Formnext is establishing itself as the “international guiding star for additive manufacturing and modern industrial manufacturing methods.”
The emphasis there is certainly on “international,” as Formnext 2018 attendees will have the opportunity to visit with exhibitors coming from 33 different countries from around the world. Of course, owing to the fact that the event is held in Germany, around 45% of exhibitors are based locally.
Looking at the other 55%, Formnext recently reported that out of the international exhibitors, 13.4% were coming from China, 10.8% from the U.S, 8.2% from Italy, 7.5% from the UK and 6.6% from France, Spain and the Netherlands (each). As for first time exhibitors, Formnext will host 165 new companies or groups from 26 countries.
Some of the most recognizable names in 3D printing will be in attendance, including 3D Systems, GE Additive, Stratasys, Carbon, BeAM, Arcam, EnvisionTEC, EOS, Desktop Metal, HP, Prodways, Siemens, XJet and many more. And though it is still early for announcements, we can expect new product launches, updates and certainly some exciting new partnerships to be revealed come November.
Formnext will also host a number of up-and-coming startups within additive manufacturing, and will even be highlighting some of the most promising ones at its Startup Area. In fact, Formnext recently announced the winners of its Start-Up Challenge: AMendate, Aerosint, Kumovis, 3DFortify and Nanogrande.
The event will also host another challenge, the “purmundus challenge,” which invites companies to submit creative ideas on the theme “Preparing for the Future with 3D Printing.” Formnext is also hoping to offer a fertile environment for new and innovative ideas in AM by hosting a number of creative startups sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
If that wasn’t enough to convince you that there will be plenty to see and do at the upcoming Formnext 2018, there is also the Ready4industry user case area which will occupy a section of the exhibition space and showcase the advantages offered by AM in industry and mechanical engineering, as well as the AM4U platform, which offers career, training, and networking opportunities to visitors and exhibitors. The platform, organized in partnership with the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM) will include an international cooperation exchange, a career day and Discover3Dprinting seminars.
Notably, this year’s significant growth suggests that the international additive manufacturing will continue to expand in its scope and appeal across the industry. To accommodate this growth, Formnext organizers have already planned to expand next year’s event into the new exhibition Hall 12 on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds (in addition to Hall 11), increasing the total space to about 58,000 square meters.
Formnext 2018 begins on November 13th and runs until November 16th. We’ll see you there!