FormNext 2017: Kensington Review

FormNext 2017: Kensington Review

24 Nov 07:00 by Nicole Afflick


The biggest event on the Additive Manufacturing Calendar, FormNext 2017.

FormNext was back last week, bigger and better than ever and showcasing the latest developments within the Additive Manufacturing world. Hosting 21,492 attendees (60% increase on 2016) and now held across 2 floors, this Additive Manufacturing exhibition is growing at a rate equal to the industry it represents! Across the 28,129ft sqm space, the 467 exhibitors demonstrated their current and future technologies which form the core of AM across sectors such as Aerospace and Automotive to Software and Medical. It was great to meet with our current clients and also prospective clients across the event and to socialise at some great networking booth parties! A special mention to FIT and DYEMANSION/3YOURMIND for their hospitality; they truly didn't dissapoint in throwing a great social gathering! Aside from networking, the 4 day event displayed some great insights into various aspects of the Additive industry and showed us exactly why this sector is changing the landscape of the Engineering and Manufacturing markets.

It was evident from our meetings that almost all companies we encountered were looking to expand operations in areas such as business development, sales, quality, software and service; all roles that are in increasing demand globally. Recurringly the abscence of an Additive Manufacturing industry standard still stunts early adoption in certain industries. In relation to series production, this is particularly prevalent in highly regulated industries such as Aerospace and Nuclear that will be cautious of adopting technology which cannot produce repeatable product characteristics and quality standardization.

There were many highlights at this years show and too many to mention. Some interesting technologies we came across included companies such as  Additive Industries'  and their MetalFAB1 system, DMG Mori Lasertec 65, Speed3D with their Cold Spray Technology, Markforged's Metal X Printer and Desktop Metals all new 3D Production system. Aside from this, all the other industry specialists captivated attendees with the exhibition of their latest technology. People we met were willing to engage and share current and future hiring strategies as well as to consult on more efficient processes to attract the very best talent. 

In conclusion, the future of Additive is looking very positive and is clearly growing rapidly. FormNext once again gave the Kensington Additive team a great opportunity to see how the market is currently shaping and provided excellent networking opportunities. It was a pleasure to be a part of the leading event within the AM calendar and we are excited to see what 2018 brings across this ever evolving market. We also look forward to attending other industry events and of course FormNext 2018!

To discuss your Additive Manufacturing hiring strategy for 2018, Contact:

Mark Ainscough

Head of Additive Manufacturing

T: +44 (0) 1257 244743 or E: