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Formnext prepared for successful return as in-person event

By Dental Tribune International
November 15, 2021

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: Formnext is a leading international exhibition for additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing. This year, the event will take place on 16–19 November in Frankfurt and return to its in-person format. According to the organisers, Formnext 2021 will feature more than 600 exhibitors, 55% of which are from abroad, and offer an extensive and diverse supporting programme, including talks by industry experts.

3D printing is a valuable asset to both dental clinics and laboratories, and its benefits in dentistry are plentiful. It offers wide-ranging applications and is reinventing the dental industry by continuously providing new solutions and systems that will improve the practice workflow and offer increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness. This is achieved through constant innovations across the process chain, from materials to post-processing, and Formnext 2021 will provide the perfect platform for showcasing the latest technological advancements in the field.

“The amazing response we have seen from exhibitors and the [additive manufacturing] industry as a whole, including those based outside of Germany, underscores the importance of Formnext as the leading international event in this sector and the strong appetite for coming together and interacting in person once again,” said Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president of Formnext at organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt, in a press release.

“It also demonstrates that this vibrant, in-person exhibition is crucial to a highly innovative industry like ours as a platform for showcasing innovations and discussing them with international industry professionals. It is the perfect springboard for getting future-oriented, sustainable technological developments off the ground,” he explained.

The event will showcase the global market leaders of additive manufacturing and exhibitors from 35 nations, including 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Formlabs, Materialise and TRUMPF, to mention just a few. Exhibitors will also include innovative start-ups, material manufacturers and companies operating in the areas of measuring technology, machining and surface finishing, such as BASF 3D Printing Solutions, Covestro, Hexagon, Höganäs and Sandvik. Also presenting their expertise at Formnext 2021 will be an increasing number of larger corporate groups and additive manufacturing users with significant experience in the industry, such as Rosswag and the SMS group.

Supporting events

Formnext 2021 will additionally offer an attractive programme of supporting events, including talks by industry experts and innovations from the purmundus challenge and the Formnext Start-up Challenge. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join free seminars on 3D printing that are tailored for newcomers in small and medium-sized enterprises and aim to demonstrate the potential offered by 3D printing and how it can profit production facilities.

For the first time, Formnext will have a European partner country, Italy. Italian exhibitors such as Lincotek, Mimete and Prima Industrie will be representing Italy’s position as an important innovator for the entire industry.

Finally, the four-day TCT Conference will discuss current and future applications and technologies of additive manufacturing, and there will be high-profile presentations by Boeing, Deutsche Bahn and GE Healthcare, among others.

This year, Formnext will be held as a “2G” event, which means that it will only admit people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19. Those unable to attend Formnext 2021 in person are invited to join the Formnext Digital Days on 30 November and 1 December.

Editorial note: More information about Formnext 2021, including the event programme, can be found here.

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