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Formnext Chicago secures premier exhibitors for 2025 AM show

To be held on 8-10 April, 2025, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

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The organizers of Formnext Chicago have secured letters of intent from 20 companies to exhibit at Formnext Chicago, which will be held on 8-10 April, 2025, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. These companies represent some of the world’s premier providers of additive manufacturing technologies, as well as startup companies launching new materials solutions. Confirmed exhibitors include EOS, Desktop Metal, Autodesk, HP, Zeiss, Mazak, Markforged, 3DEO, 3D Systems, Oqton, Baker Industries, Dyndrite, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, Massivit 3D, nTopology, Velo3D, Carpenter Technology, Trumpf, Ingersoll Machine Tools, and America Makes.

“Formnext Chicago will truly capture the entire spectrum of AM-related technologies, creating a unique experience at a familiar destination,” said Douglas K. Woods, president of The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). “The initial exhibiting companies represent an additive value chain that starts with materials, moves through design and control software, production and post-production equipment, service providers, and metrology.”

“Our team had direct conversations with many of the top additive suppliers in the world at IMTS,” said Rick Kline Jr., president of Gardner Business Media (GBM). “And the feedback we received across the board was extremely positive. People are excited about the breadth and depth of audience reach and technical understanding that our three organizations [Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, AMT, and GBM] can bring together.”

Formnext is the premier industrial additive manufacturing trade show in the world. The 2019 event featured 852 exhibitors and attracted 34,532 visitors, and the November 2022 show has more than 760 registered exhibitors. Formnext Chicago came as a result of a cooperation between Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, the organizers of Formnext, AMT, and Gardner Business Media – creating a unique partnership beneficiary for the whole additive and manufacturing industry in the North American market.

Formnext Chicago secures premier exhibitors for new AM show - to be held on 8-10 April, 2025, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.

“EOS has been engaged with both Formnext, AMT, and GBM for many years. The combined strengths of these three organizations brings exceptional value to the additive manufacturing industry and stimulates further peer-to-peer engagement,” said Glynn Fletcher, president of EOS North America.

“With the AM show experience of Formnext, the manufacturing audience brought by AMT and IMTS, and the conference technology and media resources from GBM, we have created the most complete experience for those who want to invest in innovative capital AM technology,” added Douglas K. Woods.

“The group also invites other organizations to participate in Formnext Chicago, as the goal is to build a coalition of leaders with broad appeal to the additive and manufacturing communities. In addition to Formnext Chicago in 2025, the partnership has launched the Formnext Forum Austin (28-30 August, 2023) and the Formnext Forum co-located at IMTS 2024,” said Petra Haarburger, president of Mesago Messe Frankfurt, Germany.

The forums offer intimate and immersive learning experiences for attendees and are built around a robust conference schedule with an emphasis on sharing ideas and technology advancements in production 3D printing.

Douglas K. Woods noted that there are 12 million people directly connected to the manufacturing industry in the United States. “As a still-evolving industry, much of the industrial manufacturing community is just beginning to explore and fully understand the production benefits of AM,” he said. “The US-based Formnext events create more opportunities for jobs shops, OEMs, startups, and service providers. Formnext Chicago will expose them to different parts of the supply chain and different parts of the innovation cycle so that they can learn how to apply AM tech to their existing business and create new opportunities.”

In support of bringing Formnext to the United States, a series of Formnext Forums will be held over the next two years. The first of which will be held in Austin, Texas, on 28-30 August, 2023.

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