Formnext 2018: The Global Elite of Additive Manufacturing


The international exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies is scheduled for November 13-16, Frankfurt, Germany.

  • Client

    Formnext 2018

  • Services

    For additive manufacturing and cutting-edge production techniques has recorded significant growth in terms of number of exhibitors and exhibition space.

  • Technologies

    Artificial Intelligance (AI)

  • Dates




Formnext, the leading exhibition for additive manufacturing and cutting-edge production techniques has recorded significant growth in terms of number of exhibitors and exhibition space. Formnext 2018 will once again present the global elite of additive manufacturing. At the same time, an even wider range of topics will be covered along the relevant process chains, and key areas such as software, material, and pre- and post-processing (for example, for powder removal, surface finishing, or heat treatment) will also receive increased attention.


Among the 550 expected exhibitors, a total of 165 are new exhibitors from 26 nations – in other words, businesses and organisations exhibiting at Formnext for the first time. Alongside market leaders such as 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Addup, Adira, Alphacam, Arburg, Arcam, BeAM, BigRep, Concept Laser, Carbon, Dassault, Desktop Metal, DMG Mori, Envisiontec, EOS, ExOne, Farsoon, Formlabs, FIT, GE Additive, HP, Keyence, Markforged, Materialise, Matsuura, O.R. Laser, Prodways, Renishaw, Ricoh, Siemens, Sisma, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, and XJet, numerous other companies from all over the world are expected.


Considerable potential for further diversification

Forward-thinking companies like these stand to benefit greatly from additive manufacturing. For example, industrial 3D printing is already an important production technology in modern aircraft manufacturing. Additive manufacturing also plays an important role in producing exclusive automobiles in relatively small quantities – from development to production of individual parts and components right though to on-demand production of spare parts. Industrial 3D printing can also accelerate development processes and enable decentralised production in the field of renewable energies. Start-ups can also benefit greatly from this modern technology, which can significantly reduce the investment required for developments and new products.


Transatlantic summit for AM norms

On November 14, 2018, the international nature of Formnext will be underlined by the standards summit, “AM Standards Forum”, which is being organised by Formnext in cooperation with the US Commercial Service, along with German and American partners, for all interested parties. The latest developments for additive manufacturing standards will be presented at the summit and discussed with respect to special areas of industry. Participants of the summit will include high-ranking representatives of politics, leading international companies, and standards institutions.


Impressed by the huge demand of the exhibitors was Sascha F Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at event organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH: “The fact that we’ve been able to occupy all the exhibition space so well even after expanding again underlines the highly dynamic and sustainable growth of Formnext, which is impressive confirmation of the exhibition concept that we have developed together with the industry.”