19. – 22.11.2019 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.

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International matchmaking event for companies. Be part of the international matchmaking for additive manufacturing companies on 20 November, organized by the Enterprise Europe Network Hessen.

Matchmaking: Portalhaus Level 1 Conference Room Transparenz 2


Career day

Career day

Would you like to enter an exceptionally exciting industry? Are you already an expert and would like to reorient yourself? Formnext will show you new career opportunities on 21 November 2019. Inform yourself about the AM job market and get to know your future employers personally.

Reserve the date in your Outlook calendar:
21 November 2019 Formnext Career day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
AM4U Area Hall 11.0-F71 & F72

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Wohlers Investor Dinner sponsored by Formnext

Wohlers Investor Dinner sponsored by Formnext

An exclusive dinner for investors at Formnext 2019. The Wohlers Associates Investor Dinner sponsored by Formnext is designed to educate, update, refresh, and guide investors on the current state and future of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing worldwide.

The evening will begin with fine wine and cocktails, followed by a presentation and discussion on AM industry trends by Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. The event at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof will include dinner, comments from the Wohlers Associates core team of five consultants, and questions from those in attendance. It will address some of the most difficult issues surrounding AM, as well as the vast opportunities the technology presents.

For tickets and further information, please use this link.

purmundus challenge

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 “Beyond 3D printing”, innovative solutions will be sought for making beneficial use of 3D and 4D printing in product design and production.

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

We encourage participants to also consider processes and materials that have not yet become established, are still the subject of research or even need to be invented.

The purmundus challenge award is considered one of the most important awards for design in 3D and 4D printing worldwide. In addition to the first 3 places, purmundus challenge also awards a "Special Mention" and an "Innovation Prize". In the event of an award, the designers will be supported with an extensive winner’s package. The award winners set strong trends in 3D and 4D printing with international emphasis in the design industry and highlight potential future directions. The purmundus challenge is rounded off by a “people’s choice” award, which is chosen by visitors to Formnext over the course of the fair. The prizes are endowed with a total of 12,000 euros.

Drafts of any kind may be submitted. The best product design in accordance with the current competition theme will be rewarded. Participants subject themselves to a cross-sector comparison of 3D and 4D printing talents, professionals, institutions, and companies of all sizes.

Option 1: Complete and submit an online registration form.  
Option 2: Send a registration form to

Registration form to purmundus challenge 2019

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2019

The purmundus challenge evaluates the submitted product ideas and determines a pre-selection until 10 October 2019. Up to 35 finalists each year are entered into the special show, and stand a chance of winning the prestigious purmundus challenge trophy. The purmundus challenge team must receive the designs by 7 November 2019. On 21 November 2019, the winners of the purmundus challenge will be selected by the international jury and ceremoniously awarded in the AM4U Area at Formnext.

In 2019 the purmundus challenge once again supports designers in 3D and 4D printing with a completely free participation. In addition to the experience, participation in the competition is worthwhile in many ways: the design competition offers both newcomers and professionals an excellent opportunity to strengthen the trust of potential clients and sponsors in their additive solution.

As the leading international trade fair on additive manufacturing, Formnext offers the ideal framework for the presentation of your creative design ideas. 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.

Start-up Challenge

Start-up Challenge

Additive manufacturing needs good ideas and new business models. The Formnext Start-up Challenge honors the five most innovative companies.  

Our international jury has made its decision: AdditiveLab, Exponential Technologies Ltd., Glassomer, LMI - Laser Melting Innovations and Spectroplast convinced the international jury with a wide range of innovations from the world of industrial 3D printing.

Would you like to see the products presented live and in colour? Meet the winners at one of the Formnext Start-up Areas in Hall 11.1-E81 and 12.0-B81.

Winner 2019

  • A free and fully-equipped 9 sqm-exhibition booth at the Start-up Area of Formnext 2019
  • Integration of your start-up in all relevant marketing and communication activities of Formnext
  • Possibility to pitch your product live at Formnext 2019
  • Company coaching by one of our jury members
  • Your individual company profile article on
  • A 3d printed award sponsored by voxeljet

The winners of the Start-up Challenge will be honoured at Formnext 2019 during our Pitchnext event on 19 November 2019. You can find further information here.


The Formnext Start-up Challenge has helped numerous young companies to accelerate their corporate development and successfully set the course for the future. At Formnext, the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing, you will meet potential customers, investors and experts from all over the world. By participating in the challenge, you will also receive valuable feedback on your business model from our jury, which is formed by industry experts.

Our partner UnternehmerTUM is Europe’s leading Center for Innovation and Business Creation. UnternehmerTUM actively identifies innovative technologies and initiates new business by systematically connecting talents, technologies, capital and customers. They support start-ups and applications in AM at each stage of their development.

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Jury Start-up Challenge

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

10 years AM experience - 1.000 AM-Startups scouted - 20 funding rounds in AM-Startups

Tobias Kuhl, Senior Project Leader, Entrepreneurial Network, UnternehmerTUM

Tobias Kuhl, Senior Project Leader, Entrepreneurial Network, 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

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