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New seminar series: "discover3Dprinting" at formnext



In the "discover3Dprinting" series of seminars, formnext will be offering information on additive technologies to those new to the field. This two-hour presentation program, which will be held on all four days of the exhibition, is geared toward developers, CEOs, and other decision-makers.

 - The potential of 3d printing is one of the major topics at formnext.
© Mesago/Thomas Klerx
The potential of 3d printing is one of the major topics at formnext.

Among other aspects, participants will find out where the potential of this technology lies and where it can benefit their own production operations. discover3Dprinting is being held in cooperation with the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM). The center's director, Dr. Kristian Arntz, believes that midsize industrial companies, in particular, need a great deal more information about this emerging technology. “Industrial 3D printing is breaking through in many sectors and applications, but firms often don't know enough about the specialized uses, unit quantities, and areas in which these new methods really pay off,” Arntz points out.

At formnext 2017, numerous exhibitors will be presenting intriguing solutions that can help industrial companies of all sizes benefit from the opportunities afforded by additive manufacturing. “To succeed with AM technology and ultimately turn a profit, you have to adopt a different, more ‘additive’ mindset,” asserts Christoph Stüker, the project manager responsible for discover3Dprinting at formnext organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “That means coming up with lighter designs, integrating functions, and opting for complete assemblies rather than individual functional components, for example.”