Formnext 2017: Industrial 3D Printing Evolves

More than 20,000 attendees flocked to this year’s show in Frankfurt, and for good reason. See the additive manufacturing developments that were on display in this report.


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The Frankfurt, Germany-based Formnext show, which started with 203 exhibitors on 14,028 square meters in 2015, grew to become a truly international show this year with 470 exhibitors from 33 countries. From 14 to 17 November 2017, a total of 21,492 attendees flocked to this show dedicated to 3D printing and additive manufacturing, a 60 percent increase compared to 2016, the organizers said.

It was a very busy week in Frankfurt, indeed, and I was amazed by the sheer size of the show and exhibitor booths, as well as the interest the show raised among industry experts from all over the world (46 percent of visitors came from outside Germany). From the show floor to a filled-out press conference agenda as well as keynotes and speakers in the conference area and two competitions, Formnext 2017 encompassed quite a lot.

The numerous presentations of world premieres, new developments and exciting product innovations not only drew an international bunch of journalists but so many interested visitors it sometimes took many detours via neighboring booths to make it to the actual event.

Here are some impressions and new developments I saw at the show, and AM will keep you up to date with more highlights over the coming weeks.