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Formnext 2021 kicks off with a multitude of innovations and world premieres across the AM process chain

16 Nov 2021

It is a day that has been long awaited and hotly anticipated by all event participants; exhibitors, visitors, and above all, the exhibition team: The successful return of Formnext in person following the online-only event in 2020.

Messegeschehen auf der Formnext 2021
Messegeschehen auf der Formnext 2021

Strong attendance, premieres galore, and a wealth of new products throughout the entire AM process chain have all given renewed impetus to the live exhibition, whose return has been eagerly anticipated by the future-oriented AM industry. Joining the more than 600 exhibitors at Formnext (of which 55% are international companies) are an extensive TCT conference and diverse supporting program. From the very first day, Formnext has played host to quality business, intensive professional exchange, and valuable in-person encounters.

There are an unparalleled variety of industrial applications for additive manufacturing on display at Formnext 2021, including in architecture, the automotive industry, aviation, mechanical engineering, medical technology, furniture, sportswear, and wind power. Improving efficiency and expanding additive manufacturing to other areas of application, establishing global decentralized manufacturing and thus untangling supply chains, and the topic of sustainability are particular areas of focus.

Showcasing important innovations and new manufacturing systems at the event will be additive manufacturing heavyweights 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Addup, Arburg, BigRep, Covestro, Carbon, Cubicure, Desktop Metal, DMG Mori, Dyemansion, EOS, Evonik, ExOne, Farsoon, Formlabs, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, GE Additive, HP, Incus, Keyence, Materialise, Nexa3D, Renishaw, Siemens, Sigma Labs, Sisma, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, XJet, and many more. Numerous companies will also be presenting exciting new products across the entire process chain: BASF Printing Solutions has developed a customizable bike saddle in cooperation with Atum3D, Hyperganic, and Innovationlab; Austrian company Lithoz is showcasing how multiple materials such as ceramics, copper, and more can be efficiently combined in one 3D-printed part; U.S.-based Markforged’s new FX20 3D printer enables significantly faster production of composites, while Wayland Additive of the U.K. promises more efficient additive manufacturing of metal parts with its Neubeam process. Ricoh is also presenting a new binder jetting technology.

For the first time, Formnext has a European partner country, Italy; bearing witness to the international significance of the country’s manufacturers and additive technology users. Italian start-up Prima Additive, for example, a subsidiary of the Prima Industrie Group, is premiering a selection of innovative manufacturing machines at Formnext. Other Italian AM manufacturers, such as WASP, Roboze, and many more, are also showcasing some exciting new developments. Another Italian company presenting its world-leading expertise at the event is industrial company Lincotek, which has made a name for itself in the field of medical technology in particular thanks to its state-of-the-art additive production center.

From now until 19 November 2021, the leading international exhibition for additive manufacturing and the next generation of industrial production will transform the host city Frankfurt into an international center for innovative production solutions. The event is taking place for those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.

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Background information on Formnext  
Formnext is the leading trade fair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. Formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing. Formnext is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. (

About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 160 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
The Messe Frankfurt Group is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Group employs approximately 2,450 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 29 subsidiaries around the world. The company generated annual sales of approximately €257 million in 2020 after having recorded sales of €736 million the previous year. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
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Background information on TCT (Content Partner)
Established in 1992, TCT Group’s mission is to accelerate design-to-manufacturing innovation. Through global trade shows, conferences, magazines, websites and digital products TCT delivers business-critical insights on the technologies that help manufacturers make better products, more quickly and cost-effectively. Through the TCT Awards TCT celebrates the most innovative products and applications across the design-to-manufacturing process chain. The TCT Group is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd, part of Rapid News Group. (

Background information on the VDMA Working Group Additive Manufacturing (Honorary Sponsor)
Within the Working Group Additive Manufacturing, over 170 companies and research institutes collaborate under the direction of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). Here, plant engineers; component and material suppliers; industrial companies that work with metals and plastics; service providers in software, manufacturing, and processing; and numerous researchers all work toward the same goal: the industrialization of additive manufacturing techniques. (