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Formnext Connect 2020 – The Global AM Community Meets Virtually

Formnext Connect 2020 begins today. Here’s what the agenda looks like.

10 – 12 November 2020, Formnext Connect – the virtual edition of the world’s leading AM exhibition – will once again set the tone for the industry with an outstanding lineup of content. It will also offer all its participants a great deal of value in the form of intelligent matchmaking and exhibitors’ presentations of their latest innovations. Due to the year’s extraordinary circumstances, registration is free.

Like the exhibitions of years past, Formnext Connect will be largely driven by the content on offer. “We’ve had a great deal of success with our concept of showcasing real industrial applications all along the process chain,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “We’re now going to take Formnext into the virtual realm with an extensive main stage program and a variety of individual sessions.”

To that end, Formnext has built a new studio in Frankfurt, which has earned a reputation as one of the capital cities of additive manufacturing. There, it will be broadcasting an exclusive program that will take a closer look at the current and future challenges in industrial 3D printing during practically all hours of the three-day event. On the main stage, for example, some of the biggest names in AM will come together for panel discussions on its potential uses in key sectors such as mechanical engineering, aerospace, medical technology, and the automobile industry. The participants will include high-ranking representatives from Airbus, AMT, Audi, Continental, KSB, MAG Medical, Ottobock, Schaeffler, Siemens, and VW.

At the same time, Formnext Connect’s wide-ranging lineup of supporting content will feature topic-specific sessions, expert talks, roundtable events, and much more. A variety of international subsidiaries and brand events of Formnext will present their portfolio, and partner organizations like ACAM, BE-AM, VDMA Working Group Additive Manufacturing and the VDWF will be on hand to share their in-depth knowledge. On 10 November 2020, participants can also experience the innovative business ideas submitted to the Formnext Start-up Challenge.

In a virtual showcase, the purmundus challenge will present all of the year’s finalists before announcing the winners on Wednesday, 11 November.

Executives, aerospace, and sustainability

On Tuesday, 10 November, Formnext Connect will kick off with a main stage program featuring an array of highlights. Things will get under way with a panel of executives from EOS, ACAM, Siemens, VW, and AM Ventures, who will be discussing various aspects of additive manufacturing. Other conversations on sustainability (with Fraunhofer IPT, Dyemansion, and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) and mechanical engineering (Met-L-Flo, VDMA, BASF, KSB, and the Association for Manufacturing Technology) will then follow throughout the day. In the late afternoon (CET), representatives from Relativity Space, the Airbus group, and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences will delve into the topic of 3D printing in the aerospace industry.

In between these sessions, Formnext Connect participants can obtain plenty of valuable information on key markets like China, Japan, Russia, and the United States, or get to know more about the winners of the 2020 Start-up Challenge at the Pitchnext event.

Automotive, medical technology, construction and architecture, standards

Wednesday’s proceedings will include a discussion of how 3D printing can be used in the automotive industry with representatives from Continental Engineering Service and Audi. Meanwhile, the User Case Area will highlight specific applications from the field of mechanical engineering, and experts from Ottobock and the MGA Medical network will explore the opportunities AM presents in medical technology. Participants can also look forward to insights into another very exciting AM market: Israel.

That same day, Formnext Connect will offer select knowledge in specific areas at the BE-AM Symposium (construction and architecture) and the AM Standards Forum (norms and standards). The AM Standards Forum is organized in cooperation with the US Commercial Service. The awards ceremony of the purmundus challenge – the international design competition featured at Formnext – will provide a glimpse of the future of 3D and 4D printing, as well.

The entire schedule can be viewed via the event calendar, which also makes it possible to access the individual sessions directly. Please note that the program is subject to change. The live program of Formnext Connect 2020 will end at 2:00 pm on Thursday, 12 November.

Find out more information, here!