This year, visitors will once again flock to formnext powered by tct to be part of a leading think tank in the world’s additive industries. Following its remarkable success in 2015, formnext is expecting numerous first-rate speakers – including top German Paralympic athlete Denise Schindler, world-renowned market analyst Terry Wohlers, and an array of international experts – to turn all four days of the conference into another global forum on modern product development and production.
formnext powered by tct
International exhibition and conference
on the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
15-18 November 2016
In cooperation with tct, the formnext conference will cover the latest insights from the realms of science and research; brand-new applications being explored by leading international companies; and key topics in law, design, cutting-edge technology, and ongoing professional training. By providing an ideal platform for sharing knowledge and experiences, it offers real added value to speakers and visitors alike.
Fresh off winning silver and bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, world-champion cyclist Denise Schindler – who was named Germany’s Disabled Athlete of the Year in 2012 – will be on hand on the first day of formnext to report on how new technologies in disabled athletics are paving the way to success. She herself is contributing to work on a procedure that digitally scans amputation points to facilitate the 3D printing of prostheses.
On the second day of the conference, speakers from BMW, Deutsche Bahn, Laser Zentrum Hannover, Ricoh, and other luminaries will discuss the latest industrial applications and developments. Felix Haeckel, for example, will show how BMW is employing additive manufacturing techniques not only in prototypes, but also in serial production to achieve greater process stability.
In his Thursday keynote, internationally recognized market analyst and thought leader Terry Wohlers will offer his vision of the future of additive manufacturing processes. The president of Wohlers Associates will explore a number of hot-button issues, including how far the use of 3D technologies will continue to spread, how this will be affected by state subsidies and mergers and acquisitions, and how individual companies can leverage the current environment to their own advantage.
In addition, Martin Kurz from the world-leading sensor manufacturer Balluff will present the latest technical possibilities in automating additive manufacturing. Among other subjects, Kurz will highlight the potential afforded by control and sensor systems to indicate the different development paths this key industry field could take.
Under the theme “Mobility Goes Additive”, Stefanie Brickwede from Deutsche Bahn will discuss how the German railway service is using additive manufacturing, including in procuring spare parts and reducing its stock levels. Franziska Kaut from industry leader Procter & Gamble will then offer a glimpse into the future production of consumer goods using 3D printing on the third day of the conference. And finally, Dr. Kaj Führer from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will be on hand to demonstrate how improved machine technology and new materials can affect the 3D printing of plastic components. To learn more about the formnext conference, please visit www.formnext.de / formnext.com.
Formnext powered by tct brings exhibitors involved in additive manufacturing and more conventional industrial production technologies together with the manufacturing industry itself. Each year, the event presents the next generation of intelligent industrial manufacturing in the international exhibition hub of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In doing so, it focuses on the efficient realization of product concepts, from their design to eventual mass production. After hitting the ground running at its 2015 debut and establishing itself as a prominent international exhibition, formnext 2016 will once again showcase innovations while providing key inspiration for the future. The conference set to take place alongside the exhibition will also highlight the latest trends and issues in additive manufacturing, along with clever ways in which it can be integrated into process chains in industrial production. The conference’s content is designed by Rapidnews/tct + Personalize. Formnext powered by tct is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH (formnext.de).
Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 130 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. Mesago comprises three companies: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Mesago Messemanagement GmbH, and Mesago PCIM GmbH (mesago.de).
Since 1992 the tct Group’s mission has been to accelerate the adoption of 3D technologies for design, development and manufacture across all industry sectors. Through events, publications, websites and digital products tct delivers business-critical insights on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, as well as traditional manufacturing processes such as molding, casting and CNC machining. The tct Group is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd (rapidnews.com), part of Rapid News Communications Group. (rapidnews.com)