Formnext 2019 opened with a very high level of visitor interest, numerous world premieres, a multitude of modern technologies, applications, and materials and many more highlights. From now until 22 November, the world’s premier exhibition for additive manufacturing and the next generation of industrial production will transform the host city Frankfurt into an international center for innovative production solutions. Here you can view a selection of Formnext 2019 video highlights from Hall 11.0 and 11.1. More videos will be added over the next three days.
Even before the many new product launches from AM industry leaders, it was the show itself to be the star of the show with an impressive location in the brand new Halls 11 and 12 of the Frankfurt Messe complex. Compared to last year, the exhibition space doubled in size, with two buildings, each with two floors, entirely dedicated to AM.
Another welcome change is that metal, polymer (and ceramic) companies were more mixed together across the exhibition spaces, more effectively conveying that all companies belong to one industry and that the AM industry as a whole represents an alternative to traditional production. In the past Formnext had considered attracting more injection molding and tooling companies but now, with companies like Carbon and HP producing literally millions of parts with their machines, it seems that the future of AM is clear. If anything, it is the tooling companies that are increasingly joining AM, and DMG Mori’s enormous Lasertec 125 3D Hybrid is a clear demonstration of that trend.
The industry is growing at breakneck speed and, while many companies are still supported in this growth by significant external investments rather than actual revenues, the keywords for this edition are bigger, faster and better. Like Avi Reichental said during our short interview, “there has never been a better time to get into AM… at least until next year”.
The systems on the show floor are without a doubt bigger, faster and better. Australian company SPEE3D also gave a demonstration of this trend by setting up a copper hammer production facility inside their booth. The Australian team finished 620-gram copper hammers that were printed in just six minutes at a print cost of just $22.
With representatives from the architecture, automobile, mechanical engineering, medical technology and sportswear industries, Formnext 2019 showcased an unparalleled variety of industrial applications for additive manufacturing. Prominent international providers of additive production solutions are focusing on industrial systems and showing visitors how to scale production and integrate solutions into their existing production environments.
Many younger enterprises are also demonstrating technical innovations: German companies Gewo and Metrom, in cooperation with Fraunhofer IWU Chemnitz, presented systems that set new standards when it comes to speed in additive synthetic production. Austrian startup Incus unveiled a metal 3D printer that operates on the basis of photopolymerization and can print walls as thin as 0.1 mm. Another Austrian enterprise, Cubicure, presented a flame-resistant plastic for 3D printing that, among its many other applications, can also be used for the interior of public and private vehicles. In the evening of day 1.
Numerous large international corporations, as well as young companies, presented a variety of innovative materials that make new applications possible in areas ranging from tool-making to medical technology. Visitors to Formnext can also discover exciting innovations all along the process chain, such as the new post-processing possibilities offered by the new VaporFuse technology by Dyemansion. Many companies will also be bringing process monitoring solutions or quality assurance solutions for surfaces to the exhibition.
American company Sintavia – a pioneer in the additive manufacturing of metal components for industries such as the aviation industry – is demonstrating the potential offered by the brand new factory in Florida specifically for the purpose of additive metal production. Around 50 American companies are exhibiting at Formnext – an impressive turnout by the official partner country USA. Just one of the many highlights in the USA’s program of supporting events is the second standards forum, which was held successfully on the opening day of the exhibition. The forum brings together international associations and experts in norms and standards with the aim of developing further standardized international documentation to stimulate international collaboration in additive manufacturing.
The Discover3Dprinting seminar, taking place every day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., provides newcomers to additive manufacturing with an excellent introduction to the various technologies and the range of exhibits at Formnext.