Finland as Partner Country at the Main Additive Manufacturing Fair Formnext

Finnish additive manufacturing companies and know-how will be prominently displayed in Frankfurt at the Formnext 2023 additive manufacturing fair, which is partnered by the Nordic countries. The Nordic pavilion in the exhibition area and the program will present the economic potential of the Nordic AM industry and emphasize the importance of 3D printing from a sustainable development perspective, especially in terms of energy and material efficiency.

From Finland, the FAME ecosystem, which connects 3D printing companies is participating with service providers such as 3DFormtech, 3DStep, and Delva, software suppliers, 3D printer manufacturers, and research institutions such as the University of Oulu and VTT.
“Finnish 3D printing is of a high standard, and our companies can offer internationally competitive solutions. We want to highlight this expertise. At last year’s event, we received significant openings for Finnish 3D printing experts. By joining forces with the other Nordic countries, we will be able to present our know-how even more spectacularly and impressively,” says Ecosystem Lead Eetu Holstein from DIMECC Ltd.

International interest in the pressure vessel

Inspiring pieces printed for corporate use will be brought to the exhibition area. The FAME ecosystem will take to the fair a 3D-printed pressure vessel produced in cooperation with ANDRITZ Savonlinna Works. It is Finland’s largest piece printed using the WAAM method. The approximately 300-kilogram pressure vessel was tested at LUT University. Its durability has attracted international interest, and therefore the test results will be presented at the fair.
There are twenty exhibitors from the Nordic countries. In addition to Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish companies, the Finnish FAME ecosystem, Danish AM Hub, and Norway’s Additive Manufacturing Cluster are participating. Several Nordic delegations also plan to visit Formnext 2023 to promote the industrial application of additive manufacturing through active exchange of information and expansion of networks.
“The Nordic region represents the ideal choice of partners for this year’s event as the countries concerned are showing the world how to combine commercial viability with sustainability, and thus perfectly demonstrating how 3D Printing can play its part in establishing a responsible manufacturing industry,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

Formnext 2023, November 7.10.

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Photo: Formnext is one of the main international events of AM. Photographer: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Marc Jacquemin