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Formnext coming to Chicago in April 2025

Despite some scheduling overlaps, Formnext is coming to the U.S.

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Formnext, the additive manufacturing industry event held every year in Frankfurt, Germany, is taking the show on the road. In 2025, Mesago Messe Frankfurt will be hosting the first Formnext trade fair in Chicago. This U.S.-side event will be held from April 8 to 10, 2025 and marks the next step in Formnext’s strategy to introduce regionally adapted events like Formnext + PM South China and the Formnext Forum in Tokyo.

The Chicago-based Formnext trade show is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt in partnership with the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)—which also organizes the annual International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)—and Gardner Business Media, an American media company in the sphere of manufacturing.

Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext, explains what impact the organizers hope the event will have within the broader American manufacturing world: “We see huge potential in US companies that have not yet encountered additive manufacturing (AM) or are not utilizing the benefits of this technology. Our focus is on the various user industries to which we want to provide solutions. This will further raise awareness of the opportunities offered by additive manufacturing across the industry. We also intend to promote AM technologies and significantly increase our exhibitors’ business contacts.”

Formnext Chicago 2025 If you’ve already input all AM events into your 2025 calendar, you might have noticed a slight overlap. Formnext Chicago is being held at the same time as Rapid + TCT (to be held in Detroit). It’s worth pointing out that Formnext Chicago has been in the works for some time and the dates have been locked in since at least 2022. Despite this less than ideal scheduling for two significant additive industry events in the U.S., Formnext Chicago organizers remain optimistic.

We see Formnext Chicago as a great opportunity for the U.S. application industries because it covers the entire additive value chain from material suppliers, software, and production systems, to post-processing and quality assurance,” said Douglas Woods, AMT President. “This clearly differentiates the new format from existing 3D Printing or rapid prototyping events in the U.S. market.”

Another Chicago-based AM event, the annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference, is also being held in spring 2025 from March 30 to April 3. The nature of this event, which is from a user’s perspective rather than an industry expo, could complement what Formnext Chicago is bringing to the table. Wenzler said that between the two events there is potential “to discuss how we can realize synergies with AMUG and support each other. This allows us to create added value for the industry.” 

There will always be competition, especially in the USA,” added Woods. “And in a market as large as the United States and with a technology as important as Additive Manufacturing, there is room for more than one format.”

Formnext Chicago will be held at McCormick Place from April 8 to 10, 2025. The organizers have already secured their premier exhibitors though AM companies and groups can still register to exhibit at the event.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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