Formnext Connect 2020 Brings AM Industry Together Nov. 10-12
Edited by AM Staff
Formnext is fully online this year as Formnext Connect, which runs Nov. 10-12, 2020. It is the leading international online marketplace for innovations in additive manufacturing and intelligent production, and is a valuable platform for making new business contacts. The exhibition will feature presentations and the latest innovations from world-leading exhibitors; intelligent matchmaking; and diverse supporting events to give participants a unique insight into specific technologies and recent developments in the industry.
“Formnext Connect offers an important platform for the AM community to efficiently showcase new products, exchange ideas, and discuss projects and business before the end of the year, even in times like these,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
Some exhibitors will be premiering groundbreaking new products at Formnext Connect. Exhibitors include global players from the world of additive and equipment manufacturing, including 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Arburg, Carbon, EOS, Formlabs, GE Additive, HP, Markforged, Materialise, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Renishaw, Siemens, SLM Solutions, Stratasys and Trumpf.
Virtual exhibitors also include major companies from the entire process chain, including Autodesk, BASF, Covestro, Dyemansion, Evonik, H.C. Starck, Heraeus, Höganäs, Oerlikon and Postprocess. Research institutes such as Fraunhofer Institute IPT, ILT and IAPT will also be there, as well as other innovative companies in the fields of design, materials, hardware, software, postprocessing and quality assurance. Formnext Connect 2020 also provides an opportunity for the global startup community to present itself and engage with users or potential investors.
Digital visitors can expect a host of illuminating panel discussions on a wide range of topics from the AM world. For more detailed information, there will also be a number of sessions targeted at specific groups as well as roundtable discussions, which may also be organized and offered by exhibitors. These will provide an opportunity to explain technological developments in more detail.
The event also includes AI-assisted matchmaking software which will be used to offer suggested business contacts on the basis of the information and preferences supplied by exhibitors and visitors. “Our focus of connecting participants, who have questions, with expert exhibitors was a deliberate choice,” Wenzler says. “This allows a direct exchange and brings the greatest possible added value for the participants.”