Formnext 2018 Additive solutions for everyone

Author / Editor: Rosemarie Stahl / Rosemarie Stahl

Formnext 2018 is approaching rapidly. The event will show the entire process chain of additive manufacturing and modern industrial manufacturing methods. The growth of the trade show is a clear sign of the importance of additive manufacturing.

Formnext powered by TCT will be held from 13 to 16 November 2018 in Frankfurt.
Formnext powered by TCT will be held from 13 to 16 November 2018 in Frankfurt.
(Source: Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

The trade show will be held in Frankfurt from 13 to 16 November. Now in it's fourth year, Formnext continues to grow. Ten weeks before the trade show, the exhibition hall was already booked. While the trade show used exhibition space of 28,000 sq/m last year, Formnext 2018 will reach 36,000 sq/m. The number of exhibitors is rising as well. Some 470 companies will present their products and services this year, 80 more than last year. For Mesago, organiser of Formnext, all signs seem to point to success.

According to the organisers, exhibitors from 33 nations and the world elite of additive manufacturing will be represented. At around 55 percent, the proportion of international exhibitors underscores the global importance of Formnext. After Germany, the major exhibitor nations are China (13.4% of international exhibitors), USA (10.8%), Italy (8.2%), UK (7.5%), as well as France, Spain and the Netherlands (6.6% each). Some 165 new exhibitors from 26 countries will also exhibit for the first time.

An even wider range of topics will be covered along the relevant process chains, and key areas such as software, material, and pre-and post-processing (for example, for powder removal, surface finishing or heat treatment) will also receive increased attention. Here, traditional companies such as BASF, Böhler Edelstahl, HC Starck, Höganäs and Linde will be demonstrating their latest developments and their industrial application know-how. Numerous start-ups and young companies will be offering visitors ground-breaking innovations, ranging from AI software to specialised additive production technologies. This way, Formnext 2018 is offering a unique spectrum of innovations that will enable visitors from many user industries to unlock the potential of additive manufacturing in their own production processes.

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TCT, Formnext’s content partner, is also organising another high-quality conference programme in Hall 4 that is aimed at bringing the AM industry’s leading minds together with industrial users during the exhibition.

Additive manufacturing for beginners

The organisers of Formnext are very keen on bringing beginners closer to additive manufacturing and the process behind it. To achieve this, the organisers, together with Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences, have developed the AM Field Guide, a short introduction to the most important procedures and the manufacturing process in general. The guide will be available at the fair and also for download from the Formnext homepage.

The “AM4U” platform, which started successfully last year, will continue, offering career opportunities, further training, and the chance to make new contacts in the additive manufacturing industry. The diverse agenda includes an international co-operation exchange, a career day, and the “Discover3Dprinting” seminar series. This event is geared toward midsize companies that are looking to get started in additive manufacturing and is being organised in co-operation with the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM).