New Seminar Series Set to Introduce Novices to AM Technology at formnext 2017


In the “discover3Dprinting” series of seminars, formnext will be offering information on additive technologies to those new to the field. This two-hour presentation program, which will be held on all four days of the exhibition, is geared toward developers, CEOs, and other decision-makers – particularly those from small and midsize companies interested in learning more about how they might utilize 3D printing. Among other aspects, participants will find out where the potential of this technology lies and where it can benefit their own production operations.

discover3Dprinting is being held in cooperation with the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM). The center’s director, Dr. Kristian Arntz, believes that midsize industrial companies, in particular, need a great deal more information about this emerging technology. “Industrial 3D printing is breaking through in many sectors and applications, but firms often don’t know enough about the specialized uses, unit quantities, and areas in which these new methods really pay off,” Arntz points out.

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International exhibition and conference
on the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 14-17 November 2017

Succeeding in AM requires a different mindset
At formnext 2017, numerous exhibitors will be presenting intriguing solutions that can help industrial companies of all sizes benefit from the opportunities afforded by additive manufacturing. “To succeed with AM technology and ultimately turn a profit, you have to adopt a different, more ‘additive’ mindset,” asserts Christoph Stüker, the project manager responsible for discover3Dprinting at formnext organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “That means coming up with lighter designs, integrating functions, and opting for complete assemblies rather than individual functional components, for example.”

Photo courtesy of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

Photo courtesy of Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

Besides offering a sound overview of the technologies involved, discover3Dprinting will further support this change in mindset by discussing highly practical approaches to assessing the cost of AM equipment, integrating it into existing production processes, and accounting for all of the key factors in play during corresponding implementations. The two-hour program will feature experts from ACAM, who will demonstrate where additive manufacturing has proven useful and where problems can crop up based on real-world examples.

On all four days of the exhibition, the discover3Dprinting seminar will take place right in the middle of the action in the am4u area (Hall 3.0, booth H50) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. It will be held in both German (Tuesday and Thursday, 14/16 November) and English (Wednesday and Friday, 15/17 November). Following each seminar, visitors will have the chance to explore specific questions further with the experts from ACAM and apply what they have learned in conversations with this year’s exhibitors. Formnext attendees can take part in discover3Dprinting free of charge.

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About formnext
formnext powered by tct 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. 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. (

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 associations, publishing companies, scientific institutions, and universities are closely tied with Mesago events as conceptual sponsors, co-organizers, and partnering firms. (

About TCT
The TCT Group, part of Rapid News Publications Ltd, has a mission to accelerate the adoption of 3D technologies for design, development and manufacture across all industry sectors. The TCT event and media portfolio delivers business-critical insights across the globe on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining. The TCT Group has been a leading authority in the 3D technologies industry for over 20 years. Rapid News Publications Ltd is a member of the AEO (Association of Event Organisers) and BPA Worldwide. (

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. (

About the ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing
The ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing has been part of the Photonics Cluster from day one. Its owners include eight institutes, affiliated institutes, and spin-offs working on 3D printing technologies in Aachen. ACAM allows research partners to make best use of their technological and human resources in collaborative ventures with partners from industry. Currently, there are 28 such industrial partners, including small and medium-sized enterprises as well as household names such as Linde, Schaeffler, Oerlikon, voestalpine, Mitsubishi, IHI or VW. Partner companies receive vouchers that they can redeem for R&D projects or even training opportunities with research partners. In a process similar to a sale by auction, partners come together to form consortia until the finances for individual projects are in place. ACAM offers a sophisticated set of seminars dealing with many technical and strategic topics around AM. Together with renownes experts from Fraunhofer, the RWTH Aachen and the University of Applied Science in Aachen, ACAM will be empowering the discover3Dprinting seminars in Frankfurt to give newcomers on Additive Manufacturing an ideal platform to increase their knowledge.

Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

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