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TCT Show is the leading UK event in the drive to increase awareness and adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology.
Yesterday saw the conclusion of yet another fantastic show, full of exciting product launches, inspiring show features, engaging presentations across four stages with an array of world-leading speakers plus over 250 cutting-edge exhibitors. This year’s show has been a superb platform for inspiration and innovation supporting that drive. The show floor accommodated over 250 exhibitors showcasing a myriad of innovative applications.
Mark Tyrtania, Sales Director at Laser Lines said of the show, “What’s unique about TCT is that it’s a focused 3D event, concentrating the market all in one place. We’ve been really busy on the stand, so lots of new leads and hopefully new customers.”
“We’ve launched a couple of new products including the exact metals 3D printer that we hope is going to be a bit of a game changer in the metal space. TCT is a great platform to launch that program,” he added.
Across the 3 days, this dynamic event connected attendees from around the globe, and it provided them with the opportunity to see an exciting and diverse range of businesses who were launching new products and services, including Ultimaker, Makerbot, 3D Systems, T3DMC, Matsuura, and Zortrax. This year’s show had an incredible display of cutting-edge, design-to-manufacturing technologies on the show floor.
“I was here last year and found it fascinating, so I wanted to come back this year to see what’s new. I’ve had some experience with 3d printers over the past year and want to see what developments are happening in the industry… The breadth of exhibitors from last year made me want to come back this year, and I haven’t been disappointed!” said Chris Fall, Product Design Engineer at JC Moulding.
This year’s TCT show had a number of exciting new features, including its new 1-2-1 meetings programme TCT Connect (sponsored this year by HP) which held 230 meetings across the 3 days in its own dedicated meetings lounge. Both visitors and exhibitors were able to use the service and identify contacts by sector and interest, and then schedule meetings with them.
Matt Forrester, Additive Manufacturing Manager at L’Oréal was invited to connect and commented, “Awesome idea, spurring some great meetings. Thanks to the team!
Alongside the vibrant show floor, there was a full panoply of inspiring and intriguing conference sessions giving a first-class learning opportunity.”
The TCT Summit Stage featured high profile keynote presentations including, Martin Stevens, Mechanical Engineering Manager at DB ESG (part of Deutsche Bahn) and James Brown, Data and Performance Engineer at Angel Trains, who explored how a recent additive manufacturing collaboration had resulted in the UK’s first AM solution for the rail industry, and the first in-service 3D printed parts on the UK’s railways.
Over on the TCT Tech Stage – we had captivating sessions from industry professionals such as Women in 3D Printing alongside Cyant hosting a #3DTalk on software. Plus a gorgeous dress that was entirely 3D printed by Modeclix. Incredibly, the dress can be altered to any shape and is recyclable.
“An inspirational and energising show that brought the entire additive manufacturing community together to share the latest knowledge and technology. There was a real buzz on the show floor with a broad range of applications represented from some of the industry’s biggest names. An outstanding show,” Jane Hughes, Group Marketing Manager at Rapid News Group.
On 25 September, TCT held its third annual TCT Awards ceremony, at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham. Hosted by Georgie Barrat, a technology journalist and presenter of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, the almost 250 guests celebrated into the early hours, after a night of well-deserved wins and commendations.15 competitive award categories, including the TCT Rising Star Award and the new TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award, were presented. The TCT Group also inducted another industry giant of additive manufacturing into its distinguished TCT Hall of Fame; Gideon Levy – an early pioneer in the AM industry, with his contributions beginning in 1997 as the originator and head of the iRPD (Institute for Rapid Product Development). He is currently active at Technology Turn Around (TTA), consulting major players in industry education and research on AM.
See the full list of winners here – TCT Awards Winners
“We are already working on our 2020 event, which will have a new enhanced mission; a comprehensive 360-degree look at AM and 3D printing. It is set to be an exciting and engaging show providing real value to exhibitors and visitors alike,” Duncan Wood, CEO at Rapid News Group.
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