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Q4 on the event calendar for 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) means that the industry will soon be heading, en masse, to Frankfurt. Many big-name 3D printing and AM companies have signaled that their biggest announcements of the year will be unveiled at formnext powered by TCT, which takes place over four days, November 14-17.

I think it is as much about the timing as the location—it is a perfect time of year to signal progress and what will be arriving commercially in the coming year, and it tends to fit tidily with budgets too.

These announcements range from completely new process and hardware developments to incremental improvements of existing platforms, a new material or a software update.

Messe Frankfurt is once again the venue for formnext 2017, with the show spread across two halls (3 and 3.1) with over 300 exhibitors. 2017 will be the third edition of the event.

There is also a series of conference sessions featuring 49 speakers from across the AM industrial landscape.

Presentation highlights include:

  • Instituting Additive Manufacturing Change Management within Industry, by David Dietrich and Michael Kenworthy, AM design engineering fellow and chief engineer at Honeywell Aerospace (Tuesday 14);
  • Additive Manufacturing on its way to industrialization, by Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Hövel, head of manufacturing technology at Bosch Rexroth (Thursday 16); and
  • Printing Spare Parts: How 3D Printing Revolutionizes Maintenance by Uwe Fresenborg, chief executive officer (CEO) of Deutsche Bahn Fahrzeuginstandhaltung (Friday 17).

This last one in particular looks very interesting, as this is potentially a huge growth area for AM. If you haven’t already registered for the event, then you can do so here. And if you will be in attendance and want to catch up, feel free to reach out ahead of the show, or catch me on the show floor.

About Rachel Park

Rachel is a passionate advocate of additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies and the industry that has sprung up around it. However, as the hype and hyperbole has gathered momentum, her aim is always to offer a reasoned voice in the midst of inflated expectations and to cut through the noise in order to provide a realistic outlook of how things are.