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 premiere 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.
With representatives from the architecture, automobile, mechanical engineering, medical technology and sportswear industries, Formnext 2019 showcases an unparalleled variety of industrial applications for additive manufacturing. Prominent international providers of additive production solutions such as 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Addup, Arburg, BigRep, Carbon, Desktop Metal, DMG Mori, Envisiontec, EOS, ExOne, Farsoon, Formlabs, GE Additive, HP, Keyence, Markforged, Materialise, Matsuura, Prodways, Renishaw, Ricoh, Siemens, Sisma, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet and XJet will focus this year on industrial system solutions and show visitors how to scale production and integrate solutions into their existing production environments.
Many younger enterprises will also be demonstrating technical innovations: The German companies Gewo and Metrom, in cooperation with Fraunhofer IWU Chemnitz, will present systems that set new standards when it comes to speed in additive synthetic production, for example. The Austrian startup Incus unveils 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, will be presenting 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.
Numerous large international corporations as well as young companies will present 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.
The American company Sintavia – a pioneer in the additive manufacturing of metal components for industries such as the aviation industry – will be demonstrating the potential offered by the brand new factory it has built 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, which takes 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.
Background information on Formnext
Formnext is the leading trade fair 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. Formnext is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. (formnext.com)
About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, 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 160 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)
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €718 million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
Background information on TCT (Content Partner)
Established in 1992, TCT Group’s mission is to accelerate design-to-manufacturing innovation. Through global trade shows, conferences, magazines, websites and digital products TCT delivers business-critical insights on the technologies that help manufacturers make better products, more quickly and cost-effectively. Through the TCT Awards TCT celebrates the most innovative products and applications across the design-to-manufacturing process chain. The TCT Group is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd, part of Rapid News Group. (thetctgroup.com)
Background information on the Working Group Additive Manufacturing (Honorary Sponsor)
Within the Working Group Additive Manufacturing, about 150 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)