»The place to be«

Text and Photos: Thomas Masuch – 18/01/2018

Not only is Formnext a melting pot of the latest technological developments and applications, it is also simply the place where the »Additive World« meets. In order to introduce a small part of this community, we interviewed some visitors and exhibitors on the exhibition booths and in the corridors.

At Formnext, Desktop Metal showcased major updates for its production system, which is now even faster (up to 12.000 cm³/h) and offers a larger build envelope. CEO and Co-Founder Ric Fulop (right) was impressed by the response: »Every year, Formnext is getting better than the year before. It is the place to be.« In addition to more than 500 components, the U.S. company also presented its Fab-Flow software solution, a simplified workflow management system for manufacturing operations. Rick Chin, Co-Founder and Vice President Software (left) was one of those who provided visitors with an introduction.

»Formnext and the industry have developed. This year, we had both more and better qualified visitors. People know already our products and ask for concrete solutions. At Formnext, we touch the future of industrial manufacturing.«

Ilaria Guicciardini, Marketing Director Roboze (IT)

For Kristian Arntz, Managing Director and Partner of ACAM, Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing, Formnext has long been the most important fixture in the annual exhibition calendar: »It’s no longer a question of whether you’ll meet up with people at Formnext, but when. These days, it goes without saying that you’ll be there.«

»The show continues to be the benchmark for AM events. With regards to networks and technology it is globally leading.«

Simon Marriott, Company Director IMCRC (Australia)

Andreas Becker, from Altena in the Sauerland region of Germany, came to Frankfurt with 19 trainees from various industrial companies. »A wide range of industries for which additive manufacturing is relevant are represented here,« says Becker, who is a technology scout for regional technology transfer organization Transferverbund Südwestfalen. Visiting Formnext was an ideal opportunity for the budding mold makers, toolmakers, and designers »to gain an excellent impression of various technologies in additive manufacturing and other industrial sectors«.