Although Formnext is fully online this year, it will still be the leading international marketplace for innovations in additive manufacturing and intelligent production, and represents the ideal platform for making new business contacts this November. In the guise of Formnext Connect 2020, the exhibition will feature, among other things, presentations and the latest innovations from world-leading exhibitors, intelligent matchmaking, and diverse supporting events to give participants a unique insight into specific technologies and recent developments in the industry.
“Formnext Connect offers an important platform for the AM community to efficiently showcase new products, exchange ideas, and discuss projects and business before the end of the year, even in times like these.” Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
Exhibitors include top global players from the world of additive and equipment manufacturing, such as 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Arburg, Carbon, EOS, Formlabs, GE Additive, HP, Markforged, Materialise, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Renishaw, Siemens, SLM Solutions, Stratasys and Trumpf. Some will be premiering their groundbreaking new products at Formnext Connect. Virtual exhibitors will also include many major companies from the entire process chain: Autodesk, BASF, Covestro, Dyemansion, Evonik, H.C. Starck, Heraeus, Höganäs, Oerlikon, Postprocess, as well as research institutes such as Fraunhofer Institute IPT, ILT, and IAPT and other innovative companies in the fields of design, materials, hardware, software, post-processing, and quality assurance. Formnext Connect 2020 also provides an opportunity for the global start-up community to present itself and engage with users or potential investors.
Digital visitors can expect a host of fascinating panel discussions on a wide range of topics from the AM world. For more detailed information, there will also be a number of sessions targeted at specific groups as well as roundtable discussions, which may also be organized and offered by exhibitors. These will provide an opportunity to explain technological developments in more detail, for example.
AI-assisted matchmaking software will be used to offer suggested business contacts on the basis of the information and preferences supplied by exhibitors and visitors. “Our focus of connecting participants, who have questions, with expert exhibitors was a deliberate choice. This allows a direct exchange and brings the greatest possible added value for the participants,” Wenzler explained.
Even as a virtual event, Formnext Connect is still of great importance to exhibitors from the AM world. “Formnext is the leading trade fair for the AM community and thus provides a vital opportunity for us to engage with new and existing customers,” says Florian Bautz, CEO German RepRap GmbH. “We consider it an absolute must to participate in Formnext Connect as an effective, virtual platform for presenting our solutions and maintaining a dialog with the community.”
Dr. Karsten Heuser, VP Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Digital Industries, also considers Formnext Connect the most important AM platform for expanding the company’s own network and showcasing innovations. “There is a lot of work ahead of the Additive Manufacturing community as demand increases for robust, productive and industrial additive manufacturing production in the ‘New Normal’ manufacturing world,” Heuser commented.
Under the slogan “Partnering for the next step to industrialize additive manufacturing @ Formnext Connect”, Siemens is working intensively on various formats to collaborate with partners and customers. Whether it’s an expert-to-expert exchange on the Formnext Connect platform or by preparing for live broadcasts to showcase the latest pioneering achievements for the AM Factory of the future. “We are all keeping our schedules free for the 3 days in November and look forward to seeing everyone again – even if only virtually,” Heuser added.