Formnext Connect Preview and a Conversation About 2020 Changes to Major AM Shows

Additive manufacturing is a disruptive and rapidly changing technology, making it vital to remain engaged through industry communication platforms despite the pandemic. A conversation among leaders of Formnext and IMTS.
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I recently hosted a conversation among leaders of both the International Manufacturing Technology Show and the Formnext exhibition. That brief conversation is available for on-demand viewing now on the “IMTS spark” platform.

The upcoming Formnext event is the main focus of the conversation. Like IMTS before it, Formnext this year had to be canceled as a physical event because of the pandemic. This year, Formnext will instead exist as a virtual experience, Formnext Connect, running November 10-12, 2020. In the video, Formnext VP Sascha Wenzler gives a detailed preview.

But the larger conversation among the panelists in the video explores the continued need for industry communication platforms this year, particularly as they relate to additive manufacturing (AM). Given the disruptiveness of the technology and how quickly it is changing, taking a year off from an industry-wide experience of remaining current with AM would be detrimental. Formnext has become arguably the leading tradeshow event for capturing the state of AM technology, and in North America, IMTS has embraced AM to the extent of also becoming a major platform for this technology.

Along with Wenzler, the conversation includes Peter Eelman, VP of exhibitions and CXO at AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology; Rainer Lotz, president of Renishaw for EMEA and chairman of the Formnext Advisory Board; and Tim Shinbara, AMT VP and CTO. Watch the conversation on IMTS spark.