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Formnext 2019 World premieres, partner country programme with USA

| Editor: Steffen Donath

Thanks to an array of world-firsts, this year’s Formnext is set to become the centre of global innovation in additive manufacturing and modern production technologies.

The new developments expected come from a wide variety of areas all along the process chain, from high-performance materials for 3D printing and new and faster production systems to advanced holistic solutions for industrialised additive manufacturing.
The new developments expected come from a wide variety of areas all along the process chain, from high-performance materials for 3D printing and new and faster production systems to advanced holistic solutions for industrialised additive manufacturing.
(Source: Mesago / Mathias Kutt)

This high concentration of innovations goes hand-in-hand with the growth of Formnext itself, which has increased its number of exhibitors to over 800 and expanded to more than 50,000 square metres of exhibition space. Formnext 2019 will include a diverse programme of supporting events with individual offerings for architecture, automotive manufacturing, mechanical engineering, medical technology, and other sectors.

One of the highlights will be this year’s partner country, the United States. Besides being represented by 50 exhibitors, the US will have its own separate agenda of various supplementary activities. Among them is the internationally renowned AM Standards Forum, the second of which (following its 2018 debut) will continue the effort to develop globally uniform standards and norms on Tuesday (19 November). Leading representatives from the most important technical committees, ISO/TC 261 and ASTM F42, will speak and present an overview of the current and future developments in international standards in different areas of industry.

Wednesday will then centre on the USA. On Formnext Partner Country USA Day, visitors can look forward to a varied programme of events at the US pavilion (Hall 12.0, E101). In two “pitch fest sessions”, ten innovative US companies will unveil their products and solutions for the world of additive manufacturing. Numerous presentations on the AM developments in the United States will provide related information, along with sound insights into public relations, certification, law, and other subject areas. This special day at the US pavilion will then culminate in an international reception sponsored by the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG).

Formnext’s collaboration with the US Commercial Service and the presence of prominent US associations like AMUG, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) have resulted in further highlights that will underscore the significance of this year’s partner country, such as a panel discussion on Formnext.TV. Key representatives of these associations will also be on hand at the forums at the US pavilion.

Meanwhile, the US Commercial Service has organised a trade delegation for a select number of US companies in additive manufacturing. In addition to the two intensive Formnext days on which these company representatives will learn about the latest and future developments in AM while meeting new contacts, they plan to visit companies and take advantage of B2B networking in France and Poland.

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