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TCT Awards 2019 celebrate best of industry
Published:  03 October, 2019

The third annual TCT Awards recently celebrated the people, technology and collaborations behind the best in design-to-manufacturing innovation. Ford Motor Company, Siemens AG, Renishaw and XJet were amongst the prestigious award winners.

The celebratory evening recognised ground breaking technology, collaborative projects, industry leaders and innovators. Hosted by Georgie Barrat, a technology journalist and presenter of Channel 5's The Gadget Show, the 200+ guests enjoyed a 3-course gala dinner and fantastic entertainment. before the awards ceremony begun.

In addition to the 15 competitive award categories, the TCT Group inducted another industry giant of additive manufacturing into the TCT Hall of Fame. Gideon Levy was honoured during the evening for his contribution to the AM industry and to the growth in technology adoption in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) materials, which he holds over 30 patents for.

A new accolade of the evening was the ‘Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award’ which was presented in collaboration with the Women in 3D Printing network to Professor Wai Yee Yeong.

Professor Wai Yee Yeong has been active in 3D printing research since 2004, she has created multiple frontiers in 3D printing, taking the leads in 3D Bioprinting, electronics printing and metal printing research. A truly deserving winner of the inaugural 'Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award'.

Kadine James, UK chair of women in 3D Printing commented “Its a huge honour to have presented the TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award 2019 which celebrates and shines a wonderful spotlight on all of the trail blazing women, pioneering the use of additive manufacturing technologies across the globe. We must encourage more women and girls into tech careers and amplify the importance of equality and diversity within our remarkable industry - Many congratulations to all of our superb nominees and to our incredible winner —You are all inspirational!"

James Woodcock, VP content, strategy & partnerships at Rapid News Publications Ltd, commented: “It was an honour to share the evening with so many truly inspirational people from all sectors in the industry. I would like to personally congratulate all of the winners for their successes.

Professor Wai Yee Yong needs a special mention for her exceptional contributions and we are delighted to welcome Gideon into the Hall of Fame. We are proud to the development and success of the industry."

Finally, thank you to our supporting partner, Innovate UK for their endorsement of the event, our drinks sponsor Desktop Metal, and of course all our judges.

Please see below for a full list of winners, highly commended and our Rising Star announcement.

TCT Awards 2020 will take place in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 30th September 2020. Please keep an eye on the official website for updates.

TCT Hall of Fame inductee 2019

Gideon Levy

TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award 2019

Professor Wai Yee Yeong

TCT Rising Star Award 2019

Winner: VELO3D

Highly Commended: Spectroplast AG

TCT Aerospace Application Award 2019

Winner: Veripart Digital Supply Chain

Tech Lead: Moog Inc

End User: Air New Zealand

Partners: Microsoft, ST Engineering

In a world first experiment, Moog’s blockchain enabled VeriPart process was utilised to create a point of use, time of need digital supply chain. The proof of concept had Air New Zealand order a digital aircraft part from Singapore-based ST Engineering. The digital file was immediately sent to an approved printer (Moog) in LA, 3D printed and installed on an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft 30 minutes after landing.

Highly Commended: Rocket Engine Combustion Chamber

Tech Lead: Frazer-Nash Manufacturing

End User: Skyrora

Partners: Renishaw

TCT Automotive Application Award 2019

Winner: Automated Design of Jigs & Fixtures

Tech Lead: Trinckle

End User: Ford Motor Company

Partners: Ultimaker B.V.

Ford and Trinckle have partnered to enhance the use of AM for the production of labelling jigs and fixtures. Through the development of an internal application using Trinckle’s paramate software, the design of AM jigs has been automated - reducing design time from 2-4 hours to 10 minutes and saving up to 50% of the total costs..

Highly Commended: PSPM Ball-Joint Exhaust System

Tech Lead: Poly-Shape

End User: Pipo Moteurs

TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2019

Winner: Precision Diamond Helmet Liner

Tech Lead: Carbon

End User: Riddell

Choose Water have utilised 3d printed moulds to develop an important and timely alternative to single-use plastic bottles. The specialist moulds include thousands of tiny holes to allow paper pulp slurry to be shaped and then water extracted to form a solid product. The use of 3DP in place of 2-part steel and mesh moulds led to a 90% cost and 75% time saving.

Highly Commended: Home Appliance Spare Parts

Tech Lead: Spare Parts 3D

End User: Whirlpool EMEA

TCT Creative Application Award 2019

Winner: Replica Dragon Conservation Project

Tech Lead: 3D Systems

End User: Historic Royal Palaces

Partners: Paul Jewby Master Carver

3D systems used digital scan-to-CAD workflow alongside SLS printing and intricate post processing techniques to produce 72 replicas of ornately carved dragons for Historic Royal Palaces. Missing from a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over 200 years, the replica pieces were a lighter weight, longer lasting alternative to direct replacement of the wooden pieces, and were achieved in a much quicker timescale.

Highly Commended: Church Retable

Tech Lead: FIT AG

End User: Pfarrei St Laurentius Altmuhldorf

Partners: Kunstlerduo Empfangshalle Munchen; Studio Tessin

TCT Hardware Award 2019 - Non Polymers

Winner: CFC Technology

Tech Lead: Anisoprint S.a.r.l

Anisoprint S.a.r.l have developed Continuous Composite Fibre Co-extrusion (CFC) technology which can produce parts which they say are several times stronger, lighter and cheaper than single material metal or polymer parts. The process can use different combinations of polymers and fibres, as well as extrude each filament at different rates to produce local variation in mechanical properties in the printed part.

Highly Commended: Sapphire System

Tech Lead: Velo 3D