For two days the great and good of design and manufacturing are going to be mingling the exhibition halls of the Ricoh Arena.
This year’s TCT Live presents a great opportunity to go, see and familiarise yourself with modern product development technologies in action, but also to meet with the people that make this industry tick.
Over two days you can feel the sample parts, see how the machines operate, find new service providers and discuss the potential for your business with the 100+ exhibitors.
You can also attend the various conference streams and seminars running alongside the event (which are all free).
With a mass of activity in the rapid prototyping sector, new machines, new processes, and new materials will all be on show as a taster of what those engaged in product development can choose to work with.
Although DEVELOP3D has spent this summer increasing the ways it brings you the latest in product development technology in a digital form, the entire team will also be there for the two days in their physical forms. So, get in touch and meet us at our stand P3.
In the meantime, the next two pages bring you our pick of the companies and technologies to be seen at the event.
3Dconnexion’s 3D mice for design and visualisation professionals are prasied for offering a more intuitive and natural way to interact with digital 3D content. In fact, more than 800,000 users worldwide testify to shortened product design cycles, a reduction in work-related fatigue and improvements in design quality.
Just this year the company has announced new 3D mouse capabilities for SolidWorks as well as driver updates for Autodesk 3ds Max and Google SketchUp, all bringing intelligent 3D navigation to the design process.
3D Scanners will be exhibiting PolyWorks reverse engineering and inspection software for the manufacturing industry. It will also be lifting the lid on all of the new features for Version 12, which is due out at the end of the year.
The company is also an experienced training provider in all aspects of scanning and reverse engineering.
From SLA and SLS to 3D printers and a complete rapid prototyping and manufacturing parts service with 3Dproparts, 3D Systems has a lot to display on its stand this year.
With a selection of new technologies and materials on show, visitors should be able to quiz the team on what the new small parts service, 3Dproparts, has to offer.
Cadventure will be showing off SpaceClaim’s 3D direct modelling software along with the ZCorp 3D range of 3D printers.
SpaceClaim Engineer 2010 will demonstrate how you can edit models as part of your RP and manufacturing workflow and the new range of ZCorp printers will be demonstrating the quality and finish of printed parts.
Following the recent review in DEVELOP3D, Delcam’s PowerMILL will be the highlight of this stand.
With more than 50 promised major enhancements to the 2010 release, visitors should have plenty to ask the demonstrators, especially about the 64-bit technology that allows more efficient toolpath generation.
Concept Laser’s UK distributor returns to TCT in 2010 with advances on its LaserCUSING process.
The machine can produce products as diverse as mould tool inserts and turbine blades direct from CAD.
The stand will also have news on the soon-to-be-launched M1Lab machine which will offer the capability to build fully dense metallic parts in stainless steel, cobalt-chrome and precious metals.
FARO’s portable measurement and laser scanning equipment will be on display, including the Laser ScanArm for both contact and non-contact measurements in a single operation.
The ScanArm is adapted to CAD comparisons, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering and 3D modelling, combining the portable 7-axis FARO measurement arm with a laser sensor.
The new Optiv brand from Hexagon Metrology takes centre stage this year, introducing a wide range of vision and multi-sensor measuring systems, combining optical and tactile measurements in one system.
Also on the stand will be Romer portable 3D measuring arms – claimed to be the first measuring arm to have absolute encoders, a development that will greatly simplify the inspection process – and the CMS106 laser line scanning sensor for rapid non-contact scanning.
The bureau service that seems to have more fun projects on the go than most will no doubt have some impressive rapid prototyped models on display from its Objet machines.
Live demonstrations on its Eden 350V will be ongoing, while visitors can also marvel at some of the sci-fi creations made on its Connex500 system.
New for 2010 will be the new Hewlett-Packard 3D printers. The HP Designjet 3D and 3D Colour offer ease of use and functionality of parts. Visitors to the stand will be able to see these systems working for themselves – building real parts – for the duration of the show.
Laser Lines is also UK distributer for Stratasys’ Fortus 3D Production Systems and will be running a Fortus 400mc live during the show.
Showing off the latest touch-enabled (haptic) 3D modelling technology from SensAble, Majenta Solutions will be showcasing clever hardware alongside the latest software from Autodesk’s 2011 solutions for design and visualisation.
The SensAble FreeForm Modeling and Modeling Plus systems and the SensAble ClayTools system will be on the stand for you to have a go at digital sculptural modelling.
Materialise will demonstrate how the Magics e-Solution Suite streamlines additive manufacturing set-ups with tailored and integrated software solutions.
Demonstrations will also be available on how MiniMagics2, the recently released free software for STL inspection and compression, can be used to improve rapid product development project communication.
Launched at TCT 2008, the Mcor Matrix is the only 3D printer in the world that can use ordinary/used A4 paper to make 3D objects, with the aim of shattering the industry’s cost barrier and giving universal access to 3D printing.
This year Mcor will be back showcasing the Mcor Matrix 300, its 3D printer that is smaller and faster than its predecessor. It will be presenting sample parts that are tough, durable and eco friendly.
MTT Technologies Group
Specialising in the design and production of a range of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technologies, this year MTT will be displaying its range of Selective Laser Melting (SLM) machines including the SLM125 and SLM250.
Both machines feature innovations such as inert powder handling, safe change filter system and vacuum assisted inert atmosphere.
Objet Geometries will be showcasing its range of high-resolution 3D printers and materials that utilise its PolyJet polymer jetting technology.
With demonstrations of both the entry-level Alaris30 and the unique multi-material Connex, attendees are invited to bring along their own STL files and have a free model posted to them after the show.
All new Quartz scanners will be unveiled. Having been originally developed for demanding conditions in the aerospace sector, Phase Vision pioneered the development of white-light 3D scanners for the shop floor, aircraft hangar, or dockyard.
These should be ideal for the free-form 360° measurement of large objects.
Physical Digital Ltd
Using white light scanning and photogrammetry, Physical Digital will be showcasing the GOM ATOS scanning solution and the versatile GOM Touch Probe to demonstrate the full field scanning method.
From the original prototype to reverse-engineered final product, it will also be displaying Geomagic’s latest 3D software for reverse engineering, with the hope of making the post production processes more efficient.
PrintIT-3D is an authorised reseller of 3D Systems rapid prototyping equipment and will be demonstrating the desktop V-Flash and next generation ProJet modellers.
The V-Flash is a fast 3D printer that builds durable hard plastic parts of high quality, while the ProJet Systems is wax supported, concentrating on feature detail and surface finish.
Proto Labs / First Cut
Proto Labs aims to cut the cost and lead-time normally associated with obtaining fully-functional prototypes and promises to deliver parts from 3D CAD data as fast as the next business day. The two main services it offers are Protomold and First Cut.
Protomold offers rapid injection moulding where moulds are manufactured utilising high-speed CNC machining technologies and parts are moulded in almost any engineering grade resin.
First Cut supports the need for functional prototypes much earlier in the development cycle, where quantities of 1-10 are required.
The German moulds and casting specialist returns to this year’s show to offer its services for casting, cast parts or plastic parts, all produced according to CAD data and customer specifications.
Also on display will be examples of its VX500 and VX800 3D printing machines.
Rapid prototyping giant Z Corp needs little introduction, but this year visitors will be able to see how the ZPrinter 650 produces engineering prototypes and 3D models.
Also on show will be its range of scanners, including the handheld ZScanner 700 CX colour laser scanner. Visitors can learn how this self-positioning scanner helps improve design and inspection throughout the manufacturing process.
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