Later this month Formnext 2021 will take place, but unfortunately our team will not be in attendance.
We truly wanted to attend, because Formnext is the premier annual event for 3D print technology. This show has the most attendees and exhibitors of all 3D print events taking place worldwide, and it’s an event we always find new and interesting companies and technologies.
However, we made the decision to not attend based on pandemic complications. Our team is required to pass a COVID-19 test before we are allowed to return home, and if we fail we could be quarantined for two weeks in another country. While we’re all fully vaccinated, we can still acquire the virus, and the risk of that happening was significantly increased when Formnext organizers decided to abandon any COVID-19 protocols within the event hall.
In addition, costs of travel during the pandemic have dramatically increased. So we’re going to wait until 2022 to try again.
Meanwhile, we still want to talk to 3D print companies, and we’ve set up a very easy way to do so.
Wednesday, November 10, one week before Formnext, is our “Rapid Fire Interview Day”. We have done this previously, and it’s a ton of fun.
Any company wishing to speak with myself can pick a time from our open calendar on that day and instantly schedule a Zoom chat during a 15 minute slot. You’ll receive an invitation email you can add to your calendar, which will include a zoom link for the interview slot.
Companies might have a new announcement they wish to bring to our attention, or perhaps it’s a new machine or material. Whatever it is, we want to hear about it!
We’re particularly interested in hearing from smaller or brand-new companies that might not receive the media coverage they deserve. It’s very easy to get lost in the avalanche of announcements that typically happen at Formnext, so this is a chance to be seen.
If you want to make sure we speak with someone at a company and potentially publish a story on them in the future, please feel free to forward this post to their representatives.
Here’s how it works.
We’ve set aside an entire business day, Wednesday November 10th, for this activity. The day is divided into 20-minutes slots, each with a five minute buffer to allow for connection setup, etc.
Those wishing to speak with us simply need to click this link and select an available time slot that’s convenient. However, in order to speak with as many participants as possible, each slot is only 15 minutes long. This means that conversations will be quick and to the point. Of course, there is always the possibility of later followup if necessary.
If material is to be discussed in advance of an official announcement, we are able to work under embargo terms.
I have one ask for participants, however: if you’re located in North America, please try to select time slots later in the day to make room earlier for those in the Europe, whose clocks are many hours ahead.
To schedule a 15 minute meeting with us, just click here and follow the easy instructions.
We hope to see you soon!