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The 23rd TCT Show

By: Ryan Flynn, Magazine Intern

Friday, August 17, 2018
 

TCT 2018 brings additive-manufacturing (AM) technology and innovation to the forefront in the United Kingdom for three days in September.

More than 10,000 visitors from 40-plus countries and more than 300 exhibitors will gather in Birmingham, England, September 25-27 for the show. Expert speakers, live demonstrations, product launches and ample opportunities to network with investors, manufacturers, innovators, designers and business leaders are reasons why TCT is one of the world’s leading AM events. Technology includes 3D printers, CAD/CAE and CNC-machining products, metrology and inspection tools, and molding and casting systems.

TCT Introduction Stage presentations will bring visitors news on hardware, software, materials and services throughout the event, while the TCT Acceleration Zone presents new ideas, startups and research projects such as those involving 3D-printed medical devices. Another must-see is the TCT Forum, where panel sessions, workshops and product launches will be presented. For show details and updates, and to register, visit www.tctshow.com.

Conference Highlights

  • Visitors can attend any of the TCT conference sessions to stay up to date on AM and absorb global perspectives from Asian, European and American speakers. The conference, as with show admission, is free. Presentations include:
  • Putting the Swirl into Rocket Science: 3D Printing Liquid Fuel Injectors—Markus Kuhn, project manager and research engineer, German Aerospace Center
  • Life in The Fast Lane—The Thrills and Spills of Start-Ups in Manufacturing Technology—Dave Burns, founder and principal, Global Business Advisory Services LLC
  • More Than Just Geometry…Laser Sintered Parts with Anti-Bacterial Properties—Candice Majewski, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering, University of Sheffield
  • Processing of a Particulate Apatite-Wollastonite and PLLA Biocomposite—Priscila Melo, Ph.D. student, Newcastle University
  • How to Scan a Blue Whale—3D Scanning, Data Processing and Printing on a Colossal Scale—Dr. Alex Ball, head of imaging and analysis, Natural History Museum, London.

Stars Take the Stage

What: 23rd TCT Show

Where: National Exhibition Center, Birmingham, UK

When: Tuesday, September 25—9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26—9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, September 27—9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Details and registration: www.tctshow.com

The TCT Show Introducing Stage will offer presentations focused on new products and services in 3D printing, inspection, metrology and more. Presentations include:

Multi-Laser AM Boosts Productivity and Reduces Part Costs—Marc Saunders, director—Global Solutions Centers, Renishaw

  • Redefining Manufacturing with Metal 3D Printing—Ric Fulop, chief executive officer and co-founder, Desktop Metal
  • High-Volume Manufacturing in Photopolymer Jetting—Neil Hopkinson, director of 3D printing, XAAR
  • AI and Automation: The Next Frontier in AM—Keyvan Karimi, chief executive officer, AMFG, and Dr. Martin Baumers, assistant professor in AM and researcher, University of Nottingham
  • How to Ensure Reproducible Laser Beam Parameters in Selective Laser Manufacturing Processes—Nicolas Meunier, business development manager, MKS Instruments.

TCT Tech Stage

This stage acts as a knowledge base, hosting captivating talks on current issues in the manufacturing world. Standardizations, health and safety regulations, skills for AM sustainability and more will be discussed. Presentations include:

  • Manufacturing Data as a Vital Asset: Who Owns it?—Dr. Andreas Leupold, founder, Leupold Legal
  • Advancements in AM Facility Safety Standards—Balakrishnan V Nair, AM lead development engineer, UL
  • Addressing the Skills Gap in Additive Manufacturing—Hans Van Toor, founder of We and Co and i-AMdigital, and Nick Pearce, director of Alexander Daniels Global and cofounder of i-AMdigital. 3DMP

 


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