Parallel to the development of information-communication technologies, the Internet, wireless networks, production networks, developed and industrial production which experienced a strong and profound changes. Factories have become more flexible than ever to complex modern market turbulence. Modern concepts of production systems require vertical and horizontal integration of all participants in the production process. This integration determines the foundation of a new, radical change in the mode of production by German industrialists called the industry is 4.0. In this, the smart production environment, structuring the smart factory. Smart factory is a production solution in a flexible and efficient way should be to meet the needs of today’s market, and achieves integration between the various industrial and non-industrial partners who build dynamic, and very often and virtual organizations.
This type of integration, linking the physical components of the production system and digital, abstract, virtual components into a single system called cyber-physical production systems. Systems are the backbone for the smart factory. Cyber-physical systems of production will be structured so that they can respond to almost any change in the market in time within really smart factories, but also beyond its borders. This not only makes production faster and in accordance with the specific requirements of individual customers, but also allows to production processes within the company are optimized through a network of global cooperation, adaptive and evolutionary and self-organizing.
The potential for savings and innovation in these production systems and production operators is huge. Implementation of cyber-physical production systems in smart factories providing management with real-time, which is one of the fundamental principles of a new era in the sphere of industrial production.
The leading global exhibition and conference on additive manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent industrial production
Formnext is the leading exhibition and conference dedicated to additive manufacturing and all of its upstream and downstream processes.
It is where experts from a wide range of industry sectors, such as automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, medical technology, electrical engineering, and many more, come together to discover additive manufacturing, industrial 3D printing, and innovative production technologies for themselves.
Companies such as 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Addup, Arburg, BigRep, Carbon, Desktop Metal, DMG Mori, Envisiontec, EOS, ExOne, Farsoon, Formlabs, GE Additive, HP, Keyence, Markforged, Materialise, Matsuura, Prodways, Renishaw, Ricoh, Siemens, Sisma, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, Xerox, XJet and many others presented even more efficient new manufacturing technologies and advanced solutions for their integrated industrial use. With BASF, Covestro, Cubicure, Dyemansion, Evonik, Incus, LMI, Sigma Labs and others, numerous internationally established but also young companies presented world firsts along the entire process chain. These included, for example, new 3D printable materials that significantly expand the application range of additive manufacturing, for example, in the aerospace, automotive, and railway industries, as well as in tool and mold making. In the important field of post-processing, numerous exhibitors were also able to present innovations that further advance the industrial use of additive manufacturing.
“Even in its fifth year, Formnext continues its impressive success story”, states Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at the organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “Additive Manufacturing has definitely arrived in the industry. Together with our enormously dynamic industry, we will continue to accompany, support and advance this development as a trade fair organizer”.
The visitors were also enthusiastic about the development of Formnext and the numerous innovations of the exhibitors.
“Formnext is a one of a kind show in the entire world. There is no other place where you can go and meet companies from all across the additive value chain in Europe, United States, China and other market places. The amount of value that we get out of participating and the ROI of visiting is incalculable,” commented Haden Quinlan, Program Manager, Center for Additive and digital Advanced Production Technologies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Lee Bilby, from Bilby 3D in Australia, stated: “This Event is so worth traveling around the world for! I work in the 3D industry and there’s nothing like this in Australia. It’s a great opportunity to meet with our suppliers as they’re here on one spot but it’s also an ideal platform to get an idea of the technologies we haven’t heard of yet in Australia. Well worth the 32 hour flight! Formnext is awesome!”
For the industry, Formnext is an important business platform at which many companies record concrete business transactions directly on the exhibition floor. The still young world of additive manufacturing is also attracting more and more investors. At Formnext 2019, there was a significant increase in interest from venture capital companies and industrial companies who, for example, would like to become strategic partners for young companies. With the Start-up Challenge and the Start-up Area, Formnext in 2019 was again able to offer these companies an efficient trade fair platform to present themselves to an international trade audience and pave the way to a successful entrepreneurial future through contacts with investors.
The USA was the first partner country to present itself at Formnext 2019. Visitors were able to experience a varied supporting program designed by the US Commercial Service and numerous important associations. The transatlantic AM Standards Forum, which took place for the second time at Formnext, further advanced the development of internationally uniform norms and standards for
Additive manufacturing. More than 50 US exhibitors presented themselves in the exhibition halls or at the US pavilion. “Formnext is very important for the industry and for US companies. This year the participation of US exhibitors grew by almost 40% compared to 2018, so that we could really show the variety of innovative products and services of American companies,” says Ken Walsh, Commercial Consul of the US Commercial Service.
At the same time, the number of US visitors grew by 25%.
With an impressive degree of internationality of visitors from 99 nations, Formnext has once again proven its position as the world’s leading trade fair for additive manufacturing and modern industrial production. Specialists and executives from various user industries were convinced by the latest developments in additive manufacturing and the ever-increasing range of applications.
The impressive visitor frequency and the high quality of the discussions were also praised by the exhibitors:
“With increased collaboration as a catalyst for innovation, Formnext represents a perfect opportunity to showcase our new solutions and technologies and to interact with potential customers and fellow travelers.”
Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO Materialise
“We had an amazing show. It’s so good to see the AM community growing every year. As always we do not have to take our exhibition equipment back to Munich and are very proud that they found a home in Finland at our new customer 3D Formtech.”
Pia Harlaß, Head of Global Marketing & Corporate Communication at Dyemansion.
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