As Formnext 2018 approaches, there are already strong signs that the industrial additive manufacturing event has grown, both in terms of scope and popularity. The most recent indication of the exhibition’s prevalence is that it has already filled an entire hall to capacity with exhibitors with ten weeks left to go until the event.
As the event organizers describe in a recent press release, two levels of exhibition Hall 3—which comprises of 36,000 square meters of exhibition space—is already full to capacity. The space is expected to host about 550 exhibitors from across the additive manufacturing industry. In addition to Hall 3, the event will also be hosting certain related evens in Hall 4.
The announcement marks a significant growth for the leading industrial AM conference going into its fourth annual event. As always, the illustrious event will bring together leading players in industrial additive manufacturing in the German city of Frankfurt. Notably, organizers say the breadth of AM topics covered will be wider, and will further emphasize such key areas as software, materials and pre- and post-processing.
“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,” said Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “This is an impressive confirmation of the exhibition concept that we have developed together with the industry.”
Though hosted in Europe, Formnext is dedicated to maintaining a global appeal. For instance, this year’s 550 exhibitors include 165 new groups or companies from 26 countries around the globe.
Reinforcing this global reach is the AM Standards Forum which is being organized by Formnext in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service as well as other German and American partners. The open summit will present the most recent developments in additive manufacturing standards. Participants will reportedly include “high-ranking representatives of politics, leading international companies and standards institutions.”
Other highlights of the AM conference will include an event honouring the winners of the Start-up Challenge 2018; the international Purmundus design challenge (which this year has the theme “Preparing for the Future with 3D Printing”); and presentations by young companies sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The event will also feature the Ready4industry user case area which will showcase leading applications and benefits of AM in mechanical engineering and industry. This is being hosted by the Working Group Additive Manufacturing, a division of the German industry association VDMA and an honorary sponsor of Formnext.
Finally, midsize companies visiting or exhibiting at Formnext will be able to partake in the AM4U platform, first launched last year. This platform offers various career, training and networking opportunities. The platform’s agenda includes a career day, an international cooperation exchange, and the Discover3Dprinting seminars organized in collaboration with the ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing.
Next year, Formnext will be held at the new and more expansive Hall 12 of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds to accommodate even more growth. Combined with Hall 11, the space will span 58,000 square meters. Finally, this year our own team from 3dpbm will be present to cover the event from November 13 to 16.