Formnext 2020—A Virtual AM ExtravaganzaNovember 10, 2020
While Formnext 2020 will not allow attendees to meet with exhibitors in person, it offers a unique and valuable option: AI-powered matchmaking, a service that matches exhibitors and visitors based on their profiles and registration details. All participants can see contacts relevant to them and can proactively arrange appointments.
"During the crisis, the AM industry has shown the potential of flexible, diversified and decentralized production," notes the Formnext planning team. "There is no doubt that AM will be one of the leading technologies that will show the way out of the crisis. It will play a major role in the development of new products, the design of resilient supply chains and the development of sustainable business models. An up-to-date overview of the developments and the exchange between technology providers and users is, therefore, more than necessary…reason for us now to put all our energy into the concept for a virtual Formnext."
Included in the virtual Formnext platform are opportunities to learn how design-to-manufacturing technologies are making a real impact in the manufacturing world. Case in point is this display from Formnext 2019 from SLM Solutions, showcasing the handiwork of its SLM 500 quad-laser machine used to build these automotive steering knuckles from AlSi10Mg powder.
"The four-day educational platform features the AM industry's most inspirational figures," note Formnext planners, "who share their experience on how design-to-manufacturing technologies are making a real impact in the manufacturing world. This is where future insights and developments in aerospace, automotive, medical and dental sectors are explored, in addition to product design and new research on materials and processes. The practical case studies and insightful talks not only will supply attendees with a detailed overview of this fast-growing industry, but also advise on how AM can be adopted successfully."