Formnext 2021—Live and Virtual Options

November 3, 2021

formnext-preview-2021-logoFor the first time in two years, the world’s largest additive manufacturing (AM) exhibition, Formnext goes live in Frankfurt, Germany, November 16-19, 2021, with a virtual component, Formnext Digital Days, set for November 30-December 1. Formnext’s organizer, Mesago Messe Frankfurt, reports that more than 500 exhibitors, with 55 percent of those from abroad, have signed on thus far for the live event, which is open for those who have recovered from, or have been vaccinated against, COVID-19. There is then no need to wear a mask or adhere to social-distancing rules, according to show organizers. 

"This allows our exhibitors and visitors to enjoy an authentic trade show experience and hold normal conversations," says Sascha Wenzler, Mesago MesseFrankfurt vice president.

Besides hundreds of exhibitors, Formnext 2021 highlights include talks by industry experts; special presentations by industry professionals from Italy, which serves as the 2021 partner country; innovations offered through the purmundus challenge (more on that below); the Start-up Challenge Pitch-Next Event; and the TCT Conference and Stage presented by Formnext content partner TCT Group. 

Innovation in Progress is the theme of this year’s international purmundus challenge design competition. The aim is to celebrate the latest developments in the world of 3D and 4D printing. The purmundus challenge finalists and winners will be featured in a special showcase at Formnext 2021.

Standards Forum Prior to Event Opening

Also, on November 15, the day prior to Formnext opening day, the U.S. Commercial Service, ASTM International and the International Organization for Standardization have organized the Standards Forum at Formnext. It’s theme: Industrialization of AM through Standardization--How to take AM to the next level. This one-day workshop allows attendees to understand how standards impact the industrialization of AM and how they can leverage the standards for various AM applications across different industry sectors. Workshop presentations, panel discussions and break-out sessions cover:

  • Status of AM standards and the general industry perspective on AM standards     
  • Industry-specific perspectives
  • Standards needs specific to industry sectors such as medical, automotive, energy, oil and gas, and construction
  • Standardization challenges.

Discussions also will focus on standards needs in advanced areas such as digitalization, automation, and rapid qualification and certification methods for AM.

Formnext Digital Days

For those not attending in person, consider Formnext Digital Days an ideal alternate. The multilingual digital event platform offers product information and company profiles of all exhibitors; participation in the digital supporting program, including live streams; networking and communication between participants; and responsive applications for participation via mobile devices.

Participants in Formnext Digital Days can perform exhibitor searches; download documents and contacts; schedule with exhibitors and others via personal calendars; create favorites lists for exhibitors and content; conduct direct contact via live chat and one-on-one video calls with exhibitors; participate interactively in program presentations; and network with other participants.

For more Formnext details, and to register for the live event and/or Formnext Digital Days, visit

Event Schedule

Formnext 2021 Live

Tuesday, November 16: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Central European Time)

Wednesday, November 17: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, November 18: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, November 19: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Formnext Digital Days

Tuesday, November 30-Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (visit event website for times)

Travel Note for Formnext Visitors from the United States

The German government has designated the United States as a COVID high-risk area. As a result, travelers who have spent time in the United States within 10 days prior to entering the Federal Republic of Germany must be fully vaccinated, or must demonstrate an important reason for entering Germany. For details, visit the website of German Missions in the United States.

For information on travel back to the United States from Germany, please visit the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Germany website3DMP

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