formnext 2017 conference Now on Two Stages for the First Time: Even More Presentations, Groundbreaking Applications and Technologies, Than Ever Before

In its third year, the formnext powered by tct conference will become an exceptional think tank for additive industries. After the huge success of previous years, the conference from 14 – 17 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main will present the future of additive manufacturing for the first time on two stages in parallel. In cooperation with partner TCT, the conference will show the applications, developments, and findings of leading international industrial companies and research institutions. By providing an ideal platform for sharing knowledge and experiences, it offers added value to speakers and visitors alike.

formnext powered by tct
14 – 17 November 2017
International exhibition and conference
on the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

With the conference now on two stages for the first time, it will deliver not only twice as many presentations, but will represent more intensively the entire bandwidth of the topics and technologies shown in the exhibition halls. Discussions will include key aspects such as automation, design, quality assurance, personnel, and value-added chains.

First-hand information from representatives of prominent companies
In the multi-facetted program, the application of additive manufacturing in the industry plays a key role. Participants will get first-hand information from representatives of prominent companies like Airbus, Deutsche Bahn, Honeywell, Premium Aerotec, and Volkswagen on how additive manufacturing is being used within these companies, how this is increasing efficiency, and what future developments are already planned. Special focus will be given, for example, to the industrial areas of medicine and aerospace in individual sessions.

Image courtesy of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

Image courtesy of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

In his keynote, Uwe Fresenborg, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung, will discuss how additive manufacturing at Deutsche Bahn is revolutionizing spare parts supply. In the past two years, 1,500 parts have already been produced using additive manufacturing. Fresenborg will share his wide experience of how Deutsche Bahn is selecting suitable spare parts for 3D printing and how exactly this production technology is being implemented within the company.

At the Volkswagen Group, too, additive manufacturing is already an important and established technology. Luis Pascoa, Pilot Plant Manager at Volkswagen Autoeuropa, will talk at formnext about the efficiency level that the Portuguese VW subsidiary Volkswagen Autoeropa has already reached by using 3D-printed devices, tools, and support mounts in the assembly line. This allows VW to reduce not only costs but the development time for tools – from weeks to just a few days.

Conference participants will discover, for example, how glass can be produced using additive manufacturing and what opportunities this opens for areas such as optics, medicine, chemicals, biotechnology, data transfer, and others. Information about the latest digitalization concepts will be shared by Nilay Parikh from the Additive Manufacturing Post Graduate Program at Dafoss, an international engineering company.

Leading additive manufacturing experts will show participants not just the latest business trends but give them an exclusive insight into the future. The conference is incorporated directly within the exhibition hall in a separate area. This will give participants immediate access to exhibitors and exhibition events during breaks and after sessions.

For more information about the conference and a detailed program, visit formnext.com/conference.

About formnext
formnext powered by tct is the leading tradefair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing. 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.com)

About Mesago
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.com)

About TCT
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, 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, part of Rapid News Communications Group. (rapidnews.com)

About the Working Group Additive Manufacturing (honorary sponsor)
Within the Working Group Additive Manufacturing, more than 120 companies and research institutes collaborate under the direction of the German industry federation VDMA. Here, plant engineers; component and material suppliers; industrial companies that work with metals and plastics; service providers in software, manufacturing, and processing; and numerous researchers all work toward the same goal: the industrialization of additive manufacturing techniques. (am.vdma.org)

 Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

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