Smart Machines & Factories
TCT Show increases additive manufacturing awareness
Published:  18 October, 2019

This year's TCT Show was a platform for helping to drive to increase awareness and adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology, with more than 250 exhibitors showcasing a myriad of innovative applications.

Across the three days, visitors had the opportunity to see a 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.

This year's TCT show had a number of new features, including its new 1-2-1 meetings programme - TCT Connect (sponsored this year by HP) which held 230 meetings across the three 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.

The TCT Summit Stage also featured high profile keynote presentations including, Martin Stevens, mechanical engineering manager at DB ESG (part of Deutsche Bahn) and James Brown, data and Pperformance 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.

TCT also held its third annual TCT Awards ceremony, at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham. Fifteen 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.

The TCT Show and Awards returns in September 2020.