TCT Show + Personalize 2013 preview

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Now in its 18th edition, the TCT Show will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham, UK, during September.

Visitors will be able to see how cutting edge 3D technology can be harnessed to produce creative results

This free exhibition, conference and seminar programme will cover the entire spectrum of 3D printing and additive manufacturing equipment as well as the supporting technologies and software for scanning, digitising and inspection and for design and manufacturing.

Conference sessions

The free conference sessions are broken down into three sections: Executive Evangelists; Mythbusters; and Super Users.

Each day will see three executives from leading 3D printer makers and users take to the stage to share their passion, insights and predictions.

On the first day 3D Systems’ Avi Reichental, Mcor’s Conor MacCormack and MakieLab’s Alice Taylor will command the stage and on day two it will be Stratasys’ Scott Crump, ExOne’s David Burns, and Sculpteo’s Clement Moreau.


The ‘Mythbusters’ take the form of Todd Grimm, Richard ‘RichRap’ Horne, Nick Allen, Joris Peels, Jeremy Pullin and Phil Reeves. These six have made, used and analysed additive manufacturing and 3D printing systems and will offer voices of reason amidst all the recent hype.

‘Super Users’ include sculptor Josh Harker, auto manufacturer BMW and Peacock Medical Group.

Seminar sessions on software, reverse engineering and business processes will also run across the two day event.

Exhibitors from hackerspace to aerospace

Away from the conference sessions visitors will be able to see some 200 companies displaying and demonstrating their products and services on the show floor.

Exhibits range from 3D printer kits for the hobbyist through to large-scale, cutting-edge manufacturing systems.

RepRap community hub

For the first time TCT Show + Personalize will also have a dedicated space for the RepRap community.

This RepRap Hub will showcase recent developments from the community as well as providing an area to network.

Overseeing the RepRap Hub will be Richard ‘RichRap’ Horne, a RepRap stalwart who has experienced both the professional and hobbyist sides of 3D printing.

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) over in the US recently said that the maker movement was increasingly important to 3D printing at all levels – this hub will help to show why.

Bright Minds UK

In conjunction with 3D Systems Corporation and Black County Atelier (BCA), the team at TCT has expanded the annual educational programme, Bright Minds UK.

This programme will see some 300 schoolchildren get hands on with 3D technologies in sessions run by BCA using equipment provided free-of-charge by 3D Systems.

“We have been running TCT Bright Minds UK for a number of years as part of TCT Show but have always wanted to have a greater impact on a wider range of students.

This exciting new partnership for 2013 enables us to do just that,” says Duncan Wood, chief operating officer of the show’s organisers, Rapid News Communications Group.

“Black Country Atelier (BCA) are experts in delivering education sessions in this technology area and the huge amount of equipment generously provided free of charge by 3D Systems means we are now able to scale this programme up and have a much bigger impact.

We are looking forward to working with BCA and 3D Systems to really inspire the next generation of designers and engineers.”

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What to look forward to at this additive manufacturing and 3D printing show