The event for design-to-manufacturing innovation

Displaying the highest number of advanced digital manufacturing exhibits in the UK, TCT Show is an industry-driving event where thousands of visitors can gain valuable insights to the state of the additive manufacturing sector

Mingling with more than 10,000 enthusiastic manufacturers, designers, business leaders, early adopters, innovators, and investors should be enough of a motivation for any design-to-manufacturing specialist to visit TCT Show this autumn. The world-leading event where the latest in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design, and engineering technology is being showcased, will take place at the NEC in Birmingham between 24 and 26 September, promising to bring together dozens of inspirational speakers, over 300 exhibiting companies and the previously mentioned 10,000 visitors from more than 60 countries.

For three days on end, TCT Show’s show floor will be densely populated by a vast number of advanced digital manufacturing exhibits. In fact, this will be the largest concentration of technology of this kind in the UK. Among the event’s innovative features will be learning zones, demonstrations and product launches, as well as TCT Show’s trademark world-class conference and seminar programmes.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, fascinating talks will be delivered from a stellar line-up of leading industry figures who will be discussing cutting-edge applications and the latest research developments in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical, dental, and consumer and industrial product design. As a user-led conference, TCT Summit will encompass educational, CPD-certified presentations from internationally-recognised organisations, universities, and research institutes including DB ESG, Angel Trains, Mayo Clinic, Dartmouth College, MTC, University of Birmingham, and many more.

New for 2019, TCT Connect is one of the most eagerly anticipated showpieces at this year’s TCT Show. The free networking programme will allow attendees to pre-book 1-2-1 meetings, thus helping both exhibitors and visitors to maximise their time at the event, enjoy enhanced networking opportunities, and drive relevant business conversations in a secure and efficient way. Once registered, visitors and exhibitors can log in to the online matchmaking portal, build a personal profile, browse contacts by sector and interests, and then fill their schedule with meetings prior to the show.

Taking notice of the rapid growth of 3D technologies across all industry sectors and the resulting difficulty in keeping up with all the recent innovations, the TCT Show organisers have created a dedicated platform – TCT Introducing Stage – for visitors to gain more knowledge on technological progress amongst like-minded professionals. The dynamic programme will showcase inspiring talks, live debates, and interactives sessions on the latest additive manufacturing product developments and services across hardware, software, and ancillary, and will be led by some of TCT Show’s most prominent exhibitors, such as Formlabs, Protolabs, EOS, Materialise, and Fraunhofer IWU, to mention but a few.

Centred around topics within the jewellery, powder metallurgy, metrology, and plastics manufacturing sectors, TCT Tech Stage is a free feature that will contain presentations moderated by the likes of Birmingham City University, European Powder Metallurgy Association, University of Nottingham, and British Plastics Federation. Visitors are also invited to attend the #3DTalk panel session dedicated to software, hosted by Women in 3D Printing and Cyant, and featuring female leaders and pioneers in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industries.

Metrology and inspection are as vital for 3D manufacturing as they are for milling, moulding, and other conventional manufacturing techniques. Therefore, the Inspex brand will also make a return to TCT Show’s 2019 edition to continue to successfully accelerate awareness of the challenges and opportunities for metrology and inspection within the industry. All providers of metrology and inspection hardware, software, and services will be given enhanced visibility through a specific Inspex marketing programme, which includes what’s on guide, show preview, and on-site show guide.

Following its successful partnership with CREATE Education in 2018, when the latter delivered training for up to 300 students from Yrs. 9-11 across the event, TCT Show is setting up its Inspired Minds training hub again this year. Students are guaranteed to be exposed to all the technologies, services, and applications TCT Show has to offer, getting the opportunity to experience the excitement of the industry, visit different exhibitors, and question them on their technology, products, and career opportunities.

All in all, the availability of more additive manufacturing and 3D printing systems under one roof at TCT Show than at any other UK exhibition, will provide unparalleled access to the tools needed for the realisation of every professional’s ideas across product development, engineering, and manufacturing projects. Employing the catchy ‘Touch It, Test It’ tagline, the show will enable visitors to evaluate complex, high-cost, and mission-critical technologies and services for their programmes by giving them the opportunity to get hands-on with the particular pieces of equipment they are interested in.

More importantly, the systems on display and open to testing, will be exhibited by businesses that have been a staple of TCT Show for more than half a decade now, meaning that their reputation and trustworthiness are impeccable. The likes of Stratsys, Renishaw, Ultimaker, and EOS are among the veterans of this year’s show, closely followed by 3D Systems, Trumpf, Siemens, and SLM.

Meanwhile, TCT Show will provide a welcome platform for a number of first-time exhibitors, such as nTopology, Solukon, Xact Metal, Fraunhofer, and Tiger-Vac to dazzle the guests of the event with their innovative developments. As a consequence, the September gathering in Birmingham holds a strong potential to take businesses big and small to the next level, helping them generate hot new leads and bond with existing customers, while increasing brand awareness and market share.

In conclusion, there is every possibility that turning up at TCT Show has a long-lasting positive impact on visitors’ businesses. By meeting vendors and getting all the information they need, it will be much easier for them to then make informed purchasing decisions in the next couple of years. Crucially, the broad-ranging event programme guarantees that everyone will be able to find something that will be of great use to their interests, making TCT Show the must-attend design-to-manufacturing exhibition of the year.

Venue: The NEC, Birmingham
Dates: 24-26 September 2019
Opening hours:
Tuesday, 24 September 09:30 – 17:00
Wednesday, 25 September 09:30 – 17:00
Thursday, 26 September 09:30 – 16:00
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