The latest aspects in additive

The UK’s leading trade show solely dedicated to the world of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, TCT 3Sixty, takes place from June 8-9 this year at the NEC in Birmingham.

For manufacturers looking to implement additive processes for the first time or those seeking to improve their already existing additive capability, the show shines a light on the latest innovative additive advances and their uses across many industry sectors. This will the 25th edition of the show which began as the Time-Compression Technologies Conference back in 1996 with an initial focus on rapid prototyping.

Aside from the latest manufacturing technology on display, this year the two-day show also features a fully CPD certified conference programme broken down to suit each stage of the additive adoption curve, with speakers ranging from end-users to renowned consultants and educational institutes. The programme will also cover future market trends, research, sustainability, and the industrialisation of 3D printing.

Some of the sessions already signed up for the event include: How additive manufacturing enables greener and more resilient supply chains from the Boston Consulting Group; Verifying the integrity of additively manufactured components, discussed by Onome Scott-Emuakpor, senior aerospace engineer at the US Air Force Research Laboratory; Materials development in additive manufacturing, from Professor Moataz Attallah from the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham and a panel discussion about the future of sustainability in additive manufacturing from the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA).

According to the show organisers Rapid News Group, the UK is an important market for 3D printing and additive manufacturing. The latest figures suggest it is the third fastest growing market in the world with the fifth biggest base of installed machines. The UK additive market is predicted to be worth £3.5 billion by 2025.

For pre-registered attendees the show’s Event Hub gives access to other show benefits such as the Knowledge Bar where attendees can meet up with leading industry experts to discuss projects, ideas and challenges and the Connect Lounge where visitors can arrange meetings prior to the show and expand their networks. Additionally, there will be many live product demonstrations on the exhibitors’ stands where pre-registered visitors can meet.

On the 8th June the show will hold its annual awards ceremony at the Hilton, Birmingham, Metropole. There are 11 categories from project-based application awards to innovations in hardware, materials, software and post-processing as well as recognising the most influential and impactful members of the additive manufacturing industry.

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