Formnext 2017 Growing to surpass the last edition

Editor: Briggette Jaya

The third Formnext powered by tct that will be in Frankfurt, Germany from 14-17 November is continuing its impressive run. With over 20,000m2 of booked exhibition space, six months prior to the fair, it has surpassed the size of last year's event, the organisers note.

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Registrations for Formnext 2017 surpass last year’s successful event.
Registrations for Formnext 2017 surpass last year’s successful event.
(Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt)

Alone, the 290 registered exhibitors has nearly reached the number from the previous year. “In an exciting and dynamic market, Formnext continues to grow apace and underscore its status as the leading international conference and exhibition for additive manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent production solutions,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, head of division for Formnext at event organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt. Indeed, the show is on a good way to blow last year's figures.

Among the leading companies in additive manufacturing are 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Arburg, Big-Rep, Concept Laser, Dassault, Envisiontec, EOS, Formlabs, FIT, HP, Keyence, Materialise, O.R. Laser, Prodways, Renishaw, Ricoh, Sisma, SLM, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, XJet, and for a premiere for Desktop Metal. A good number of innovative young AM companies worldwide will also be presenting their latest developments.

The international fair on the next generation of manufacturing technologies will also present sophisticated technology in various other industry sectors, namely BASF, Böhler Edelstahl, Heraeus, Höganäs, Sandvik, and Airbus subsidiary APWorks – making the lineup in materials even stronger than the last edition. From the mechanical engineering industry, Hermle, Matsuura, Sodick, and DMG subsidiary Sauer will also be in attendance.

According to the organisers, Formnext 2017 will be expanding further in measurement technology and post-processing with Faro, Joke, Nikon, Wenzel, Werth Messtechnik, to name a few and among those in software are Additive Works, Altair, Dassault Systèmes, IKOffice, MachineWorks, Sigma Labs.

Pillars of growth for the show

One of the pillars supporting the growth of Formnext 2017 is its large number of new exhibitors. The organisers note 100 companies from 22 countries that have registered to exhibit for the first time. Leading the way are companies from Germany, China, Austria, France, the Netherlands and the United States.

Moreover, this year's new exhibitors stand out in terms of both their international quality and the range of industries they represent. Along with leading innovators like Canon, Desktop Metal, Ecoparts, and Protiq (a Phoenix Contact subsidiary), the big players include BASF, Böhler Edelstahl, Linde, and Wacker Chemie.

The conferences for this edition will premiere the latest developments in additive manufacturing in two parallel series of presentations. Applications on display will cover the aerospace, healthcare, automotive, heavy industry, and tool and form-making sectors. In the Start-up Challenge area, promising young companies will have their chance to exhibit at Formnext as well.

This time around, two levels in Hall 3 will accommodate the show's growth, where significantly heavier machines will be showcased on the ground floor.