10. – 13.11.2020 Frankfurt am Main Tickets & registration

Events and Challenges

Additive manufacturing is constantly changing and reinventing itself. Through our Events & Challenges we match you with new companies, show you new products and support you in your professional entry into this fascinating industry.

Formnext Fusion: Business speed dating with AI

Networking in a new way. Let yourself be networked! Based on your profile details and activities in the system, AI learns and inspires you with contact suggestions for short 1-to-1 meetings. Use this chance and let yourself be surprised. The Formnext Fusion starts on 3 November, 4 p.m.. All Formnext Connect participants are cordially invited.

How it works

Formnext Fusion
Formnext Fusion
  • After your successful registration and profile maintenance you will find Formnext Fusion in the event agenda of the platform
  • Add the Formnext Fusion to your schedule and open it. You'll be able to see other participants and select who you would like to meet.
  • Confirm your interest or skip the suggestion. The AI remembers your choice and learns more.
  • Based on your interests, a list of 5x5-minute meetings will be generated for you
Formnext Fusion
  • Once the meetings are generated, you can view your agenda. From 5 minutes before your first meeting you can enter the 'Virtual Meeting Room'.
  • Enjoy your Virtual Meeting! A countdown will warn you when the meeting is about to end.
  • You will automatically enter your next meeting. Don't forget to rate your meeting while you wait!

Start-up Challenge 2020 - Viable AM Innovations plus Contribution to Sustainability

Start-up Challenge

The Start-up Challenge is an integral part of Formnext and has been supporting young, innovative start-ups for the past five years by providing free participation in the trade show. In recent years, a wide range of start-ups have taken advantage of this unique platform to present themselves to investors, established companies, the press and other stakeholders.

The current corona crisis has brought the issue of sustainability further into the focus of our activities. In recent months, there has been a reduction in the number of flights, factories have come to a shutdown, and the otherwise very mobile world has come to a temporary halt. Despite the drastic consequences for our social and economic lives, there have also been one or two rays of hope. Air quality has improved in some places, dolphins have returned to their bays, and industries have moved closer together with creative approaches. Additive manufacturing is no exception; the news has been full of reports on the 3D printing of masks, test equipment and parts for respirators as well as calls for joint actions, for instance.

New category in 2020 – AM Ventures Impact Award

Start-up Challenge

Formnext, together with AM Ventures, has taken these developments as an opportunity to announce a new award within the Start-up Challenge 2020. The first year of the AM Ventures Impact Award focused on the importance of sustainable management. Topics relating to both people and the planet have been looked at from a technology, application, business, and value chain perspective.

These are the winners 2020!

Five exceptional start-ups were able to win the international Formnext Start-up Challenge 2020 with their innovations. Molyworks also won the AM Ventures Impact Award, presented for the first time in the Formnext Start-up Challenge. 

The successful technical developments range from automated design software, new plastic materials, production monitoring and a solution for automated post-processing. The international winners will also present their innovations at Formnext Connect. First impressions can be found here:

Winner Start-Up Challenge

Winner AM Ventures Impact Award

Partners and sponsors

Jury Start-up Challenge 2020

Kristian Arntz, Managing Director and Partner, ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing

Kristian Arntz, Managing Director and Partner, ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing

Entry into additive manufacturing as production engineer– Establishment of a department at Fraunhofer with focus on AM – Management of ACAM, which provides the manufacturing industry with simplified access to AM

Stefanie Brickwede, Head of 3d printing@DB and Managing Director of "Mobility goes Additive"

Stefanie Brickwede, Head of 3d printing@DB and Managing Director of "Mobility goes Additive"

Initiator of a start-up safari for DB – Head of 3d printing@DB – 3D printing network "Mobility goes Additive"

Arno Held, Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures

Arno Held, Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures

14 years AM experience - 1,400 AM-Startups scouted - 24 funding rounds in AM-Startups

Tobias Kuhl, Head of Operations, XPRENEURS Incubator, UnternehmerTUM

Tobias Kuhl, Head of Operations, XPRENEURS Incubator, UnternehmerTUM

Entry into additive manufacturing at EOS – Responsibility for AM activities at UnternehmerTUM – Foundation of an AM Start-up Incubator and the 3D-Printing Cluster

Alexander Oster, Director Additive Manufacturing, Autodesk

Alexander Oster, Director Additive Manufacturing, Autodesk

20 years of experience in additive manufacturing – former CTO of FIT AG, one of the largest industrial service providers in Germany – Co-founder and CEO of Netfabb GmbH, now part of Autodesk Inc.

Michael Petch, Editor-in-chief, 3D Printing Industry

Michael Petch, Editor-in-chief, 3D Printing Industry

Editor-in-chief of the leading source of news for the additive manufacturing industry – Frequent speaker at industry events

The purmundus challenge

The purmundus challenge

International competition of design ideas for 3D and 4D printing

Receiving an award as part of the purmundus challenge is seen as one of the most important design-related distinctions in the field of 3D and 4D printing. In keeping with this year’s topic of “Geometry and Material in Harmony”, innovative solutions are being sought for the beneficial use of 3D and 4D printing in product design and manufacturing.

As part of the competition, the participants tackle the challenge of identifying useful applications for 3D and 4D printing. The panel will evaluate the benefits for use, economy and aesthetics as well as the design itself and the innovation.

We once again encourage entrants to also consider methods and materials that have not yet become established, are still the subject of research or are yet to be invented.

Please find here the announcement of the purmundus challenge 2020. The deadline for submissions is 21 September 2020.


In 2020 the purmundus challenge will once again be supporting designers in the 3D and 4D sectors by making participation completely free of charge. In addition to the experience, participation in the competition is worth it in many ways: The design competition is an outstanding opportunity for newcomers and professionals alike to engender confidence among their potential clients and sponsors regarding their additive solutions.

Formnext, the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing, offers the ideal framework for the presentation of your creative design ideas. The same applies to Formnext Connect in 2020 the virtual alternative to the physical Formnext. The international presence, the broad network of partners, the public interest and the targeted platform make the purmundus challenge a unique experience for all participants.

Receiving an award as part of the purmundus challenge is seen as one of the most important design-related distinctions in 3D and 4D printing worldwide. In addition to the top three rankings, the purmundus challenge also gives out “Special Mention” and “Innovation Prize” awards. Winning designers receive support in form of an extensive winner’s package. Furthermore, for the second time Altair will award the "Simulation Driven Design" with an annual license for the complete Altair Inspire platform.

The prize winners set strong trends with an international focus in the design industry in 3D and 4D printing, and highlight potential future directions. A “people’s choice” prize, which will be chosen by participants of Formnext Connect over the course of the fair, completes the purmundus challenge. The awards are worth a total of 30,000 euros.

Any manner of design may be submitted. The best product design in accordance with the current theme of the competition will be rewarded. Participants face a cross-sector comparison between 3D and 4D talents, professionals, institutions, and companies of all sizes.

Option 1: Complete and submit the online registration form.  

Option 2: Send the registration form to

The deadline for submissions is 21 September 2020

The purmundus callenge will evaluate the submitted product ideas and come to a pre-selection by 6 October 2020. Up to 35 finalists will be included in the presentation at Formnext Connect and have the chance to win the prestigious purmundus challenge trophy. The international panel will select the winners of the purmundus challenge and the winners will receive their awards during the Formnext Connect event.


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