A brighter outlook

The VDMA’s AM working group to spread the positivity at Formnext Connect

2020/10/21 — »The mood among AM technology companies and users within mechanical and plant engineering has clearly brightened compared to expectations six months ago,« says Rainer Gebhardt, project manager with the VDMA’s AM working group. »There is a sense of optimism within the industry that we will see a return to the growth of previous years and that orders will once again return to good levels.«

The VDMA’s AM working group also wants to spread this positivity within several sessions and discussions at Formnext Connect. The brighter mood was also reflected in a member survey conducted by the AM working group: In September 2020, 82 percent of the member companies surveyed expected the economic situation within the domestic market to remain the same or improve over the next 12 months. Only 18 percent expected the situation to deteriorate. (see graphic)

Participants of Formnext Connect will be given an opportunity to gain an overview and impression of the current mood at a roundtable event on the subject of mechanical engineering, for example, which will feature a panel of prominent guests and take place on the first day of the event. A more detailed look at the AM industry will be provided by a project that is currently underway for the packaging industry. In a master’s project at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, additive manufacturing has been used to optimize the gripper system of a high-performance Gerhard Schubert packaging machine. The different approaches, AM technologies and designs will be presented during Formnext Connect.

Even more expert knowledge will be available at five sessions on all days of the virtual event, during which users and manufacturers of the VDMA’s AM working group will give insights into the latest possibilities of additive manufacturing and present innovative solutions from design through to industrial use.