In formnext Start-up Challenge, Impressive Innovations Map Out the Future of AM

With outstanding innovations that are sure to amaze many attendees, the winners of the formnext Start-up Challenge 2017 are set to reveal future directions the additive manufacturing sector could take. AIM3D, AM Technologies, Authentise, Elementum 3D, and Identify3D are the names of the young companies whose entries have won over this year’s international jury.

In awarding prizes to firms from Germany, Great Britain, and the United States, formnext powered by tct is also demonstrating its ability to attract up-and-coming innovators from around the world. The Start-up Challenge, which was held in cooperation with the MUST 3D Printing network this year, enables the exhibition to recognize creative young companies in additive technology on an annual basis.

In addition to software solutions for automation and the entire supply chain, one of the five winning companies of 2017 has unveiled a new type of technology capable of producing high-quality surfaces. Several developments in new materials and a 3D printer that facilitates faster, more cost-effective production of metal components will also receive accolades.

The five winners’ appearances at the exhibition, which include booths in the Start-up Area, are being sponsored by formnext. The awards – 3D-printed, of course, courtesy of Voxeljet – will be officially presented on the tct introducing @ formnext stage at 5:00 p.m on the first day of formnext 2017 (Tuesday, 14 November, Hall 3.1, B10). »formnext gives young, award-winning companies like these the chance to present themselves and their products to a highly qualified international audience on our innovative exhibition platform,« states Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for formnext at exhibition organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

In the exhibition's Start-up Area, the year’s winners will be offering visitors a look at current innovations in additive manufacturing and a glimpse of where the industry is likely headed. »Our attendees will encounter some highly intriguing solutions based on this exciting technology, which we hope will inspire them in plenty of other areas,« Wenzler adds.

The winners of the Start-up Challenge auf der formnext 2017: