Formnext 2019 Summary
Another year and another Formnext is done and dusted. As it is the largest Additive Manufacturing show in the world, you would have thought it would have been difficult to make the show any bigger, but you would have been wrong. With over 850 exhibitors, compared to last year’s 632 exhibitors, and 34, 500 visitors attending from 32 countries, it was clear to see why this year’s show was spread across 4 halls.
Some of the biggest announcements in the industry included;
ExOne had their 25PRO on display for the first time, but the metal printer was first shown in Detroit as a prototype. The system has a 400x250x250mm build volume and now has several modifications. ExOne will begin shipping this quarter.
DyeMansion launched its new Powerfuse S solution, which is the system behind the company’s VaporFuse Surfacing technology. It boasts “the first chemical smoothing solution that proves to be clean and industry-ready on the basis of obvious characteristics.”
Covestro, a German manufacturer of high-performance polymers, has launched a new custom 3D printing brand named Addigy®, which will focus on providing material solutions used in industrial 3D printing production.
BigRep unveiled their 3D printed, autonomous electric podcar, known as LOCI. LOCI is a design prototype and used to showcase the application of large-format additive manufacturing in designing and creating functional end-use transportation. The 3D printed vehicle also premieres “BigRep Part DNA” technology, which embeds NFC chips into the 3D printed parts.
Makerbot will launch a MakerBot Nylon for application in functional prototypes and end-use parts. The samples of the material, which exhibits 66 MPa Tensile Strength, could be seen at the show.
As well as keeping an eye on the announcements, Kensington Additive also wanted to share their own thoughts and experience of the 2019 show. It was noted by all of our attending employees that there was more footfall compared to last year, a predictable observation given the increase in space. Due to this, we saw higher demand for talent across many of the exhibitors, especially for Sales, Business Development and Applications industry professionals.
Not only did the size and recruitment demand catch our attention, but also the market developments had changed slightly, with less buzz around Automotive (again, another predictability) and more enthusiasm and applications within Medical and Dental.
There were a few booths in particular that stirred up some interest, including EOS and their Complete Production Cell, DMG Mori’s LASERTEC 125 3D Hybrid, and lastly, AMT’s 3D printed booth and robotic bartender - still wondering why that could have possibly been a favourite…
Furthermore, it’s always interesting to understand how Formnext differs from other AM shows, apart from it being much larger, there seems to be more room for technical discussions and the openness to share knowledge, through presentations, meet-ups and general conversations centering around the products, plans, and technical capabilities, as well as sales, of course.
There is no talk of Formnext slowing down in any way, and while the excitement around the show will slowly ease off as companies focus on their EOY, it is still in everyone’s calendars for 2020, highlighted in the brightest colour possible.
Lastly, if you follow us on LinkedIn, you might have noticed that Kensington Additive also had our very own announcement; our Additive Manufacturing 2019 Salary Survey. If you’re curious to see where you sit within the marketplace, click here, where you can submit a request to receive your FREE copy.