3D Printing Events to Attend in 2020: Top 11 Picks  

22 January 2020
additive manufacturing events 2020

In the world of 3D printing, there are dozens of events to choose from. And given that the number of 3D printing events and trade shows is ever-increasing, it can be difficult to decide which ones are worth attending. 
Of course, there are several must-attend events, such as Formnext, AMUG and RAPID TCT. In addition to these, we’ve picked less obvious, but equally worthwhile, 3D printing events to visit in 2020. 
Below, you’ll find our top picks of general and industry-specific gatherings that will help you stay up to date with the dynamic world of 3D printing. 


1.TÜV SÜD Additive Manufacturing Conference

Where: Munich, Germany 
When: 6-7 February 
Why attend?  
TÜV SÜD, a company specialising in inspection and product certification services, will be hosting its second Additive Manufacturing Conference this February. The conference will focus on current and future users of industrial 3D printing, bringing together AM production planners and managers, quality experts, experts from regulated industries and more.
At the conference, attendees will have a chance to learn from success stories and then define and sketch the next steps of implementing AM in the industrial context. 
More information here 

2. AM Expo

Where: Lucerne, Switzerland
When: 3-4 March 2020
Why attend? 
The key highlight of the AM Expo is its focus topics, each addressing a specific area of 3D printing. In the 2020 edition of the event, there will be 8 focus topics, showcasing products and services in the fields of Rapid Tooling, Lightweighting, Series production and Design for AM, to name a few. 
Visitors will also be able to gain insight from 48 industry experts, who will be presenting at the AM Expo’s Innovation Symposium.  
More information here

3. AM Forum 

Where: Berlin, Germany 
When: 11-12 March 2020
Why attend?
Additive manufacturing Forum is the fourth user-oriented cross-industry conference and exhibition. The two-day event’s main focus is to provide a platform, where visitors (this year more than 1000) can learn about the latest in the AM industry. 
In addition to the conference, the AM Forum will host an exhibition, where more than 100 leading AM technology and service providers – including AMFG – will showcase their solutions. 
The event is a great place to get more visibility for your business, as well as to find new 3D printing partners.  
More information here

4. Hannover Messe (6th AM symposium) 

Where: Hannover, Germany 
When: 20- 24 April 2020
Why attend?
Hannover Messe is one of the largest trade shows for industrial technologies across the whole value chain, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. 
This year’s Hannover Messe will provide a gathering point for suppliers of AM systems in general, as well as sector-specific applications, ancillary systems and services for non-metal AM. 
At the 6th AM Symposium, which will be taking place during the event, AM technology users and providers will showcase real-world applications of the technology. The symposium will be rounded off with the AM theme tour, which will take visitors to exhibitors who will present their AM solutions and innovations. 
More information here

5. 3D Printing Europe at IDTechEx Show 

Where: Berlin, Germany
When: 13-14 May 2020
Why attend? 
The 2020 edition of the IDTechEx Show will be centred around the latest emerging technologies. The conference on 3D printing will be co-located alongside six concurrent conferences, including Graphene and 2D Materials, Printed Electronics, sensors and more. 
It’s a business-orientated event, attracting key players across the value chain, from investors and end-users, to component and material suppliers. Visitors to the IDTechEx Show will have a good opportunity to network and learn about the state-of-the-art in 3D printing and its future potential. 
More information here

6. IMTS 2020 

Where: Chicago, USA 
When: 14-19 September 2020
Why attend?
IMTS is a massive biennial manufacturing technology show, where vendors of all types of manufacturing equipment showcase their products.
This means that 3D printing is actually only a small part of the show. However, this year we will be seeing a lot more 3D printing exhibitors. In fact, this year’s event is set to see a 40 per cent increase in floor space dedicated to AM. 
One of the AM-specific highlights of the show is the Additive Manufacturing Conference, which promises to provide a practical, applications-based look at the machines, materials and methodologies being used to develop 3D-printed end-use tools and components.  
More information here

Industry-specific events 


Medical 3D printing conferences 


7. 4th International Conference On 3D Printing In Medicine 

Where: Mainz, Germany 
When: 24-25 April 
Why attend?
The 4th international conference on 3D printing in medicine will focus on a range of areas, including, but not limited to, 3D bioprinting, 3D printing in dental and orthopaedic applications. 
A special feature of the upcoming congress will be ‘Toolbox’ sessions, which are intended to demonstrate applications in clinical settings in the disciplines of oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedics and vascular surgery. The participants will thus be given practical insight into the clinical fields of 3D printing application.
More information here

8. AM Medical Additive Manufacturing & 3D Innovations

Where: Minneapolis, USA 
When: 27-28 May
Why attend? 
The event is organised by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) with the goal of bridging the gap between medicine, engineering and manufacturing. 
AM Medical will offer an interactive event focusing exclusively on innovations in 3D printing, scanning and the latest software solutions for modelling and simulation in the medical field. 
The event also has several exciting features, like Medical & Dental Lab and the Inspiration Zone, dedicated to showcasing the latest 3D printing applications and capabilities. At the event, attendees will also be able to participate in informal discussions with industry experts on key issues like validation, regulation, design, materials, biocompatibility and more. 
More information here 

Aerospace and defence 


9. Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace & Space conference 

Where: Birmingham, UK 
When: 25-27 February 
Why attend?
Now returning for its 6th year, the conference will provide the premium forum for AM users to network and explore new opportunities in high-value manufacturing.  
Over the course of 3 days, attendees will have a chance to visit Siemens/Materials Solutions advanced manufacturing site in Worcester; participate in 2 dedicated panels led by the Midlands Aerospace and the European Aviation Safety Agency; listen to exclusive 3D printing case-studies from industry leaders and use this to inform their own approach to industrial AM.
More information here

10. AeroDef 

Where: Texas, USA 
When: 16-19 March 
Why attend? 
The leading exposition and technical conference for the aerospace and defence industry, AeroDef showcases the industry’s most advanced technologies, including AM. 
This year’s event will host a number of technical sessions, including 3D printing, Composites manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Automation & Robotics. 
More than 2,600 global industry professionals attended AeroDef Manufacturing 2019 and more than a third of last year’s attendees have budgets exceeding $500,000. With that in mind, the conference provides a great venue to strike interaction and business relationships between exhibitors and buyers looking for integrated solutions.
More information here

Automotive 3D printing conferences 


11. Additive Manufacturing for Car Body Engineering 2020

Where: Bad Nauheim, Germany
When: 22 September 
Why attend? 
The conference covers key questions about AM implementation in car body engineering, current offerings in the field of AM and much more. Also, the event features technology lectures, presented by well-known OEMs and suppliers, as well as a workshop for professional knowledge exchange.


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