The market for additive processes continues to grow by around 20 percent annually and has reached a volume of 10 billion euros. This was reported by the organizer of formnext, the world’s leading trade fair for additive manufacturing (AM) in Frankfurt. In AM, the trend is clearly moving towards greater productivity. Thanks to its new materials, lasers for eMobility and highly efficient 3D coating processes, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is providing the right ideas at the right time.
Additive processes, or more simply industrial 3D printing, have left their niche and are finding their way into many areas of established industries. In addition to the pioneers from the aerospace and medical technology industries, interested parties are now also coming from the electrical engineering and offshore sectors. The focus is shifting from individual solutions to complete process chains.
formnext 2019 will take place from November 19 to 22 in Frankfurt. The organizers expect a massive growth in exhibitor and visitor numbers again this year. In addition to the enlarged exhibition, they are also offering a specialist conference and various competitions. For the first time, a partner country of the trade fair will be introduced: the USA.
At formnext, the experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be demonstrating how the industry can leap into a new technology generation of additive manufacturing. They will be presenting a series of new processes and, in the futureAM project, showing how digital and physical added value can be optimized from the incoming order to the finished 3D printed component.
Source: “formnext 2019: More productivity thanks to optimized AM processes”, Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology ILT