TCT show + Personalise 2016 preview

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

Marking its 21st year, the TCT Show + Personalize will be staged over two days, and is the place to be to gorge on all things additive manufacturing and 3D printing related.

Free to attend, the show floor will feature 220 exhibitors, while a two stage conference will provide the opportunity to hear from industry experts, commentators and educators.

We asked the organisers of TCT Show to give us their top five reasons as to why you should take a day or two out of the office to attend:

1. To keep up to date with industry and technology advancement
2. To get the knowledge to make informed future purchasing decisions
3. Intention to purchase
4. To find solutions to current and future manufacturing challenges
5. To source new products and services.


Head to the main stage to hear from speakers who are representing companies from a wide range of industries.


The full speaker programme is available on the TCT Show website, but we’ve put together our top five speakers to look out for over the page.

The Tech Stage is what the organisers refer to as a forum for learning and education. Over the two days, the programme is divided into four sessions:

Software Insights — Drawing together emerging trends and new technology.

Inspex @ TCT — Highlighting the latest tech and realworld applications in the metrology and inspection sector.

Beginners Guide to AM — The opportunity for newcomers to ‘additive’ technologies to get up to speed as fast as possible.

Start Up Pitch Competition — Start Ups will present a short, sharp five-minute presentation of their product or service. A judging panel will then decide who wins the TCT Start Up award and prizes.

Touct it.Test it.

Arguably, there is no better way to evaluate technology than seeing it in the flesh and talking face to face with those who can explain it in more detail and answer your questions there and then.

TCT organisers claim that in excess of 300 3D printing and additive manufacturing machines are expected for 2016, so there will be a lot to see.

In addition, huge amounts of scanning and inspection equipment and software will be on display as well as conventional manufacturing techniques such as moulding, tooling and machining.

Stratasys’ stand at last year’s event with the Strakka Racing car. It’s back this year and will be introducing some new machines

New machine debuts

Both Stratasys and Trumpf will be using the TCT Show as a vehicle to introduce new machines to the UK.

Stratasys will showcase its full-colour, multi-material J750 3D printer, while Trumpf will introduce the TruPrint 1000 3D, a compact, ‘plug-and-play’ metal printing machine for the production of small components by laser metal fusion.

Olympus will be exhibitng the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 laser scanning compound microscope, which it claims offers accuracy and repeatability, with non-contact 3D observations at 10 nanometer resolutions.

Other leading companies bringing new tech to the TCT Show include Added Scientific, launching its new software Flatt Pack; Photocentric which will display its first Liquid Crystal 3D printer, using a 40” screen; Polygonica presenting its latest software; and Sodick who will be showcasing the brand new OPM250L metal 3Dprinter and high speed machining centre combo.

For more information and to register for the event, visit and to keep up to date with the latest news follow TCT Show on Twitter via @TCTShow

Highlights from the speaker programme

Richard Trimlett, consultant adult cardiac surgeon, Royal Brompton Hospital and Alex Berry, founder, Sutrue Ltd 10:30, Wed 28 September

From Theory to Theatre Using Additive Manufacturing

Examining how AM has increased cross-discipline collaboration between product designers and surgeons with life-changing results.

Austin Schmidt, senior additive manufacturing design engineer, Caterpillar 13:40, Wed 28 September

Assessing Additive Technologies

AM Deployment Strategies in Large Corporations – How to deploy additive manufacturing within an organisation and encourage human engagement

Jan Vandenbrande, program manager, Defence Science Office, DARPA 15:20, Wed 28 September

TRAnsformative DESign

AM has created shapes and material properties previously thought impossible but the generation of new designs is still challenged by outdated opinions about materials and manufacturing.

Daniel Schneider, technical sales manager, Airbus APWorks 10:30, Thurs 29 September

Industrialising Additive Manufacturing

Taking a look at what it means to industrialise parts using additive manufacturing technologies with a focus on certification as well as its own experiences in this area.

Christophe Eschenbrenner, digital supply chain manager, ALSTOM 13:40, Thurs 29 September

Customer service and supply chain impact for spare parts activities: end-user REX within the Public Transportation industry

Taking a look at usages and benefits, and reviewing the impact on the engineering, industrial supply chain now and over the coming decad

A look at what’s in store at this additive manufacturing and 3D printing event

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