Looking back at formnext 2015

Looking back at formnext 2015: High demand for SLM Solutions additive manufacturing technology

Luebeck, December 3,2015. SLM Solutions, leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology (also commonly referred to as “3D printing”), presented the entire SLM-portfolio in live operation at the formnext in Frankfurt. SLM Solutions convinced the prospective buyers at the fair and was able to add numerous orders to their order books.


232 exhibitors and 8,982 visitors from all over the world proved that the first formnext, powered by tct and held from 17th to 20th November 2015, was highly attractive for both visitors and people interested in additive manufacturing technology, 3D printing, as well as mould and tool making.

The organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt reported that the exhibitors were highly satisfied with the high number of visitors. This positive atmosphere was reflected at the booth of SLM Solutions. As Dr. Markus Rechlin, CEO of the SLM Solutions Group AG states: "The formnext overture was characterized by its extraordinary quality. With regard to additive manufacturing, both industry and contract manufacturers showed themselves at their best. We were positively surprised by the number of visitors´ responses as well as their quality."

The focus of SLM Solutions was on the live operation of the additive manufacturing systems of the corresponding latest versions. Highly interested, the visitors watched as the machines built-up layer by layer in high speed. The new SLM® 500HL with Quad Laser technology and the optional version with four 700 W lasers gained the main interest. The Quad lasers and the patented dual-beam technology of the high performance system SLM® 500HL increase the volume construction rate per time unit by up to 80%. The SLM Solutions experts also showed further functions for quality improvement such as the meltpool and laser power monitoring facilities of the systems.

Right from the first day, the SLM Solutions booth was highly frequented. About 40 % of the prospective buyers had an international background. Most of them came from mould and toolmaking, automotive, as well as aerospace industries.

Andreas Frahm, the Managing Director of Sales and Marketing of SLM Solutions Ltd. is very satisfied with the fair. "We made many new contacts from various countries and from various sectors and application areas. Right during the event, we were already able to enter some orders in our books, especially for our new SLM® 500HL For example, the FIT AG has decided to buy two further SLM® 500HL Quad systems. One SLM® 500HL Quad will be delivered to the Lower Rhine, to be precise to the Pierburg company in Neuss. An Israeli aerospace company as well as their strategic supplier ordered two SLM® 500HL Quad and one SLM® 125HL. Another SLM® 500HL Quad will be sold to a Scottish Service Bureau. They also placed an option for a further system in 2016. An Indian manufacturer of orthopedic implants bought an SLM® 280HL. Further orders will result from the follow-up of the exhibition leads."

"We are very satisfied with the premiere of the formnext and view it as a big success", states Stefan Ritt, Head of Global Marketing. "We campaigned for the formnext and that was, from the vantage point of the present, definitely the right decision. Certainly, we will participate in 2016."