10/2/2018 | 2 MINUTE READ

Winners of the Formnext Start-up Challenge 2018 Announced

An official award ceremony will take place Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Formnext in Germany.


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The Formnext Start-up Challenge 2018 is now in its fourth year. The innovative technologies developed by the winning international start-ups will be presented in the Start-up Area at Formnext 2018. The Formnext Start-up Challenge 2018 honors companies founded within the last five years. Held in cooperation with MUST 3D Printing, the competition recognizes inventive and viable business ideas. The jury consists of representatives from the industry, science, media and investment.

The official award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Formnext, and the five winners will receive trophies sponsored by Voxeljet. Together with other start-ups, they will also get the chance to present a short business pitch as part of the new Pitchnext event.

The five prize-winners will be rewarded with a broad range of services designed to guide them toward further success in the development of their company. This includes a free, fully equipped exhibition booth as well as the start-ups being incorporated into all of the relevant marketing and communication activities Formnext conducts around the world.


The German start-up AMendate is working to develop software for the simple and fully automated optimization of technical components for additive manufacturing. The result is organic-looking structures that enable efficient and cost-effective production using additive manufacturing methods. AMendate technology allows such structures to be generated particularly quickly and automatically. The core element is an intelligent optimization algorithm that interprets the simulation result automatically and converts it into commonly used CAD exchange formats.

Aerosint has developed a selective powder deposition system to enable multi-material part production. In an SLS or SLM process, multiple powder materials are deposited to form a single layer, making it possible to produce parts combining a variety of materials (polymers, metals, ceramics) using additive manufacturing methods.

With a printer that is specifically tailored to the requirements of medical technology, German company Kumovis is developing a system for producing plastic implants using additive manufacturing methods. The focus is on processing high-performance polymers such as PEEK or PPSU, which are already established in medical technology and approved for the manufacture of medical products. The printer is based on the fused layer manufacturing process, and a temperature-controlled air circuit, including filter units, creates a cleanroom environment. Tailor-made implants are required in the reconstruction of cranial bones or in spinal surgery, for example.

3DFortify specializes in digital composite manufacturing (DCM) to produce composite materials using additive manufacturing. This American company uses Fluxprint technology, a magnetic 3D printing process that combines magnetics and digital light processing (DLP) 3D printing. As a part is printed, fibers within the part are magnetically aligned voxel by voxel to optimize the microstructure. Read more.

The Canadian start-up Nanogrande will present the first molecular-scale additive manufacturing system. The MPL-1 is said to be capable of assembling highly packed multilayers of particles as thin as one nm using a variety of materials such as oxides, metals, waxes and polymers. The patented technology creates layers using fibers, flakes, and unconventional particles and can even combine various materials to form objects with few or no supporting structures. The high print resolution allows the manufacture of structures in the submicron range up to a maximum volume of 10 × 10 × 2.5 cm.