Formnext-with a Special Show on “Audi Toolmaking”, formnext is Offering Unique Insights into product Development in the Automotive Industry


As one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, AUDI AG has pioneering expertise when it comes to toolmaking. Audi will showcase this unique expertise at formnext in a high-level special show on “Audi Toolmaking”. Formnext, the international exhibition and conference on additive technologies and toolmaking taking place in Frankfurt on November 17 to 20, 2015, is therefore offering a unique insight into product development in the automotive industry.

formnext 2015
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
November 17 to 20, 2015

The special show will take visitors on a journey through the history of toolmaking at Audi to current production techniques, including the latest trends in product development and a look at Industry 4.0. It will also demonstrate how generative technology is becoming part of toolmaking at Audi and what opportunities this technology offers.

At formnext, AUDI AG will also provide an insight into toolmaking of the future. “Industry 4.0 with intelligently networked manufacturing systems play a role in this context, as does 3D printing”, says Michael Breme, Head of Audi Toolmaking.

The metal printer uses a laser melting process. The printer develops layer for layer a three-dimensional piece. The surplus powder is removed with a brush and the metal piece laid open.  (Photo courtesy of AUDI AG)

The metal printer uses a laser melting process. The printer develops layer for layer a three-dimensional piece. The surplus powder is removed with a brush and the metal piece laid open. (Photo courtesy of AUDI AG)

“The principle objective of current and future production chains is to have reliable manufacturing equipment”, explains Max Wagner, Head of Tooling Lightweight Constructions at Audi. The company, ultimately, has to clearly and transparently document the process stability of its production, for example, in connection technology. And this requirement also applies to new technologies used in production processes in the future.

Audi Toolmaking employs approximately 2100 staff at five sites in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, as well as in Spain, Hungary, and China. Tools for small-scale and large-scale production are designed, developed, manufactured, and tested at these sites. They include sheet metal tools (steel and aluminum), form-making tools (for example, die-cast parts), as well as forms for fiber composite parts in exterior and structural applications. “Without the center of excellence for machinery and toolmaking, it would be impossible to implement Audi’s characteristic design language and the high quality requirements of the premium brand of Audi in outer shell production”, says Mr. Breme.

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About formnext
At formnext powered by tct, exhibitors of additive technologies, tool and form-making, as well as from other sectors of product development meet with the manufacturing industry. Every year at the international exhibition grounds in Frankfurt am Main, formnext shows how the process chain develops from a product idea through to its production. It brings together additive and conventional procedures and showcases the next generation of product development. The conference, which takes place in tandem with the exhibition, focuses on trends in additive technologies and 3D printing as well as in tool and form-making. The conference’s content is designed by TCT Show + Personalize. Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has overall organizational responsibility for formnext. (

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 120 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 2,700 exhibitors and over 100,000 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. (

About tct
With tct Show + Personalize, tct Magazine, and tct + Personalize Asia, tct has been part of the additive technologies/3D printing industry for over 20 years and maintains close links with all participating parties. tct is operated by Rapid News Publications Ltd, a division of Rapid News Communication Group, a leading publishing company and event organizer. (

Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH


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