Formnext is an international exhibition and conference about the next generation of production technologies.
What Makes Formnext So Successful?
On the one hand, there is the rapid development that has been going on in additive manufacturing for years: more processes, higher building rates, larger building chambers. As the acceptance of the processes increases, the number of users is growing, the business field is becoming more and more manufacturers of metal powders interesting. Today, there are significantly more and more diverse materials than just a few years ago, with falling prices.
Generous Exhibition Stands Provide Space For Discussions
Noticeable for the visitors is the large proportion of very large exhibition stands, often with their own lounge area for customer discussions. The solutions offered included the entire process chain of additive manufacturing. Many companies also presented approaches to how additive manufacturing is integrated into the overall production process: passages in software solutions, hybrid machines, and pre-treatment and post-treatment processes. Of course, the suppliers of additive manufacturing solutions claim to be Industry 4.0-capable and thus create intelligent and automated manufacturing processes.
High Innovation And Many Business Deals
Companies such as 3D Systems, Arburg, HP and Multec presented numerous world premieres from the entire process chain. In addition to its high density of innovations, Formnext is an important business platform. Numerous exhibitors were able to conclude concrete business transactions in Frankfurt. In addition, young companies find important investment and business partners here.
New Technology For Metallic 3D Printing Presented
It is true that the variety of procedures is increasing, so the orientation shown is very important. The still very young technology does not yet have all the answers to the manifold questions of industrial production. Many applications are just beginning. Likewise the material properties, manufacturing processes, standards. That’s why in an innovation industry, it’s very good when new technologies come along. We are only at the beginning of the possibilities. Formnext is also expanding its product range more and more along the relevant process chains. Design, material, pre- and post-processing, surfaces etc. play an increasingly important role.