Growing up

by Sascha F. Wenzler - 27/05/2018

Some women claim that we men never grow up. Admittedly, there are times when they’re not entirely wrong about that. In defense of the male species, however, I’d like to point out that people in general – unlike many other living creatures – do take quite a while to develop into adults.

Horses figure out how to walk just a few hours after being born, while humans usually need a year or more. If you put any stock in the related research, this is mainly due to the size of our brains. In a larger brain, reaching a mature state takes longer for the area or network that handles coordinated movements. Or take gray seals, for example, which are left behind by their mothers just three weeks after their birth and start hunting for themselves. Our kids are sometimes still stretching their feet out onto the coffee table at home even when they’re almost 20!

In the eyes of the law, turning 18 makes you an adult in Germany, but it actually takes a fair bit longer for the brain to develop. Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that parts of the human brain don’t reach full maturity until our thirties.

All that said, there is something attractive and justifiable about not wanting to grow up. Being an adult does imply that one’s development is complete, after all, and in today’s business world – particularly in an industry as dynamic as ours – who can afford to stop evolving? Young AM companies quickly need to hone their own »hunting« skills as they learn how to attract customers with compelling products. At the same time, however, it’s important that they do not advance too quickly and end their dynamic growth before the time is right.

In this issue, we take an in-depth look at Additive Industries, Dyemansion and Trumpf as examples of companies that are keeping their youthful momentum going. As important as it obviously is to be professional, we always want formnext to be open to new developments, as well. We’re looking to keep growing along with this exciting industry without becoming overly grown-up.

As always, we’re happy to have you along for the ride and hope you enjoy reading this edition of formnext magazine.