Innovation engine

by Sascha F. Wenzler - 2019/09/09

Back in the last century, the British statesman Winston Churchill philosophized that »mankind has gone too far to go back, and is moving too fast to stop.« And in »our world« of additive manufacturing and modern production, it is likewise no longer possible to slow the pace of new developments and innovations.

Even if the economic outlook in some industries is currently rather gloomy, additive manufacturing remains the cross-industry driver of innovation. Especially in challenging times, investing in prominent forward-thinking technologies is necessary and creates clear long-term advantages for sustainable corporate development. Additive manufacturing enables shorter innovation and production cycles right through to deployment in series production. These are advantages that the automotive industry, for example, leverages as additional added value to introduce new models faster, to change over to electric drives, and to personalize its products. AM will influence and shape the mobility of the future, just as it will many other areas of industrial manufacturing.

This means that the use of modern and innovative technologies will be key to finding solutions to today’s challenges when it comes to the responsible use of energy, raw materials, and other resources. That applies not only to the automotive industry, but also to medical technology, mechanical engineering, aerospace, construction, and many other sectors.

Because of the ever-increasing number of applications in numerous industries, companies in the »Additive Community« are generally very heterogeneous. At Formnext 2019, we will reflect this diversity with numerous new and proven special topics. We will show visitors innovative design projects and start-ups as well as bestpractice examples and the latest developments from the construction industry, mechanical engineering, and PIM/MIM/CIM production.

You can find out more in this issue of Formnext Magazine. This year, we’re reporting for the first time on other highlights in »FON – Trade Show Special«, which will be distributed exclusively to Formnext visitors.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in Frankfurt from 19 through 22 November.