COMPANY NEWS: formnext FORMNEXT: Sweeping encounters

Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

Swim on the wave of success and show ground-breaking developments – at formnext 2017. Formnext powered by tct is the leading tradefair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions.

Impressions of formnext 2016
Impressions of formnext 2016
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Swim on the wave of success and show ground-breaking developments – at formnext 2017.

Global players

At formnext powered by tct, leading innovative companies from across the globe showcase technologies all along the process chains of cutting-edge industrial manufacturing. World-renowned firms like 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Arburg, Arcam, Canon, Concept Laser, Envisiontec, EOS, HP, Keyence, Materialise, O.R. Laser, Prodways, Renishaw, Rize, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Voxeljet and XJET represent a considerable portion of the global elite in additive manufacturing that have already registered for formnext 2017.

With Sodick, another international key player in the mechanical engineering industry could be acquired and supplements prominent companies such as DMG Mori/Sauer, Hermle Maschinenbau and Trumpf.

More and more companies open up the potential of additive processes with their market entry and, with their participation, confirm the formnext as the leading trade fair for additive manufacturing and state-of-the-art intelligent production.

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formnext 2017 plans expansion to additional hall to accommodate increased exhibitor interest

Reservations for this year’s formnext powered by tct exhibition had early clearly surpassed the already high level received by the same time in 2016. “Our current registration rate shows that formnext 2017 will be significantly larger in terms of both space and exhibitors,” affirms Sascha F. Wenzler, Head of Division for formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “As a result, we’re planning to expand from hall level 3.1 into level 3.0.”

Further areas set for expansion along the process chain

Meanwhile, formnext 2017 will be expanding its portfolio to include additional areas of the process chain, such as software, basic materials, pre- and post-processing, and quality assurance. Along with international market leaders like BASF, Böhler, Faro, GOM, Heraeus, Machineworks, Nikon, Oerlikon, Siemens and Zeiss, an array of other highly specialized companies will be showing off their innovative solutions for intelligent production. The ideal use of additive technologies in prototypes as well as tooling and molding are presented among others by Kegelmann, Hofmann Werkzeugbau, Fraunhofer IPT and Schülken Form.

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formnext powered by tct is the leading tradefair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing. The conference set to take place alongside the exhibition will also highlight the latest trends and issues in additive manufacturing, along with clever ways in which it can be integrated into process chains in industrial production. The conference’s content is designed by Rapidnews/tct + Personalize. formnext powered by tct is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. (

formnext powered by tct 2016 welcomed an impressive 13,000 visitors with over 600 conference tickets sold across the four days last November. The significant 49% increase on attendance from the 2015 event and the high level of attendee and speaker satisfaction has positioned the exhibition as a leading international event in Additive Manufacturing and intelligent industrial production. Due to the rapid development and success of the event the next edition, set to take place 14-17th November 2017, will emerge across two halls, 3.0 and 3.1, as opposed to just 3.1.

formnext call for papers

The show floor space and the number of exhibitors are not the only things to expand for the 2017 event as the formnext powered by tct conference, organised by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH and the TCT Group, will be accommodating over 60 presentations across two stages — double the capacity of previous years. Conference attendees will not only have multiple streams to choose from including medical, dental, automotive and heavy industry, but will also be able to gain easy access to other features on the show floor as the conference will be returning to the exhibition hall.

The 2017 conference, set to take place alongside the exhibition, will continue to highlight the latest trends and issues along with current and future cutting-edge manufacturing applications. Industry experts along with high-level keynotes will share their knowledge and expertise along with leading research institutes and academics.

The TCT Group are looking for exceptional speakers to present the state-of-the-art in the development and applications of next-generation manufacturing technologies across six key vertical application areas.

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Submission Details

Abstracts that focus on all aspects of AM within the below areas are currently being accepted for the 2017 conference.

  • Healthcare (Medical & Dental)
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Tooling and Moulding
  • Consumer Products Heavy Industry/Industrial Products

If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the formnext powered by tct conference, please email Charlotte Chambers via with the following information:

  • 100-200 word abstract and presentation title
  • High resolution headshot photograph
  • 50-200 word speaker biography

Before you submit your application, please note:

  • No vendor presentations (exhibitors or potential exhibitors) will be accepted for the conference programme
  • International presentations are welcomed
  • The conference will be delivered in English language only
  • Applications and research in the areas of focus outlined above are considered

Submission deadline: Friday 12th May 2017

International contacts:

Mr. Yong-Joon Jin, Fl. 8, Business Tower, Nuritkum Square, 396, Worldcupbuk-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 03925, Korea

Tel. +822 775 2280

Messe Frankfurt RUS, Mrs. Victoria Kuvaeva, Leningradsky Prospect 39, bld 80, 125167 Moscow, Russia

Tel. +7 495 649 8775 131

S.E.M.E. SA - Messe Frankfurt, Délégation officielle pour la France et Monaco, Mr. Henri Courtel, 72 rue Louis Blanc, 75010, Paris, France

Tel. +33 1 44 89 67 7

Messe Frankfurt Inc., Mrs. Tiara McClain, 1600 Parkwood Circle SE, Ste 615, Atlanta, GA 30339

Tel. +1 678 732 2407

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