Winners of the Formnext Start-up Challenge Named
The award-winning innovations have additive manufacturing applications and range from medical applications to recycling of titanium, analysis software, and 3D printing technologies.
September 19, 2023
Thanks to the Formnext Start-up Challenge, the up-and-coming companies participating at Formnext will have opportunity to expand their network, exchange ideas with experts from the additive manufacturing industry and find potential partners or investors.
All five award-winning start-ups demonstrate advanced technology solutions and potential applications. The winners hail from four countries, reflecting the international relevance of the Formnext Start-up Challenge, Formnext notes.
Endless Industries and Vitro3D have developed existing 3D printing technologies (manufacturing of fiber-reinforced components and stereolithography), promising faster production speeds and higher component quality, according to the companies. With its Dragon slicing analysis software, Helio Additive also focuses on improving the printing process. Odapt has developed a customized baseplate for stoma patients, simplifying care while eliminating waste.
Sustainability also plays a role for Progresja New Materials—the Polish start-up aims to recycle titanium and use it to produce powder for additive manufacturing. The company also took home the AM Ventures Impact Award worth 5,000 euros, which was presented as part of the Formnext Start-up Challenge.
“The winners’ wide-ranging solutions demonstrate the AM industry’s huge potential for innovation and the versatility of the current and future applications of AM. They also show that this exciting technology can enable a wide range of innovative products and give us a powerful, practical tool for tackling current challenges such as climate change,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president Formnext at trade fair organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
The five winners will each receive a 3D printed award, as well as an exhibition and marketing package sponsored by Formnext and its partners. The winners will also participate in a pitch event on the Industry Stage at Formnext, broadcast live on Formnext.TV. The award is given to companies that are no more than 5 years old. The contest recognizes viable new business ideas, and the judging panel consists of representatives from the realms of industry, science, media, and investment.
All winners will showcase their innovations at their exhibition booths and present them at the Formnext Pitchnext event on Tuesday November 7, 2023. Further information is available here.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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