TCT Show - 3D Printing Event - Highlights and Preview

TCT Show – 3D Printing Event – Yearly Highlights and Preview

TCT Show covers all aspects of additive manufacturing from design to production. Every year it attracts all sort of companies involved in 3D printing, from big names to start-ups. TCT Show is the place to promote your business, make new contacts and generally gather information on new development in the industry. It has been run since 1994 with thousands of attendees visiting Birmingham, UK, in the recent years.

TCT3Sixty 2020

An exciting announcement was made: TCT Show Birmingham is rebranding. What will this mean in terms of the profile of the exhibitors and attendees? We will find out soon enough, and this may be a very welcome breath of fresh air. The new TCT 3SIXTY will be aiming at

It is one focused on developing a real understanding across industry of the potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology, this deeper 360-degree understanding will increase adoption at all levels of design, engineering and manufacturing.

And this pledge hits the spot. One note that we constantly hear from the bigger industrial machine producers is that penetrating the manufacturing market is tough. Additive manufacturing adoption on an industrial and serial production scale has a serious stopper – it is hard to persuade traditional manufacturers to change their ways. This type of change will require investment, and manufacturing does not like disruption.
Educating the industries that may benefit from adopting additive manufacturing in the certain segments of the process is essential for success. Creating “new users” will take time and effort, and this initiative from TCT may play its part.

Thomas Sanladerer Interviewing Ian From Duet3D
Thomas Sanladerer Interviewing Ian From Duet3D
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TCT Show 2019

TCT Show in Birmingham is the only European standalone event of TCT Group. It brings together 3D printer and materials manufacturers in both desktop and industrial spaces. Here, there are traditionally more exhibits for the curious and early learners. As part of the partnership with CREATE Education, around 300 young students were busy in the training hub this year.

As always, TCT Birmingham offers participation in talks and presentations, taking place on the Tech Stage and on TCT Introducing Stage. Of course, what the exhibitors pay for and are looking for is making business. Although, this year we witnessed a bit of the shrinkage in manufacturers’ presence, with a quite generous lounge space on the grounds, we hear that some of the major players were happy with the results.

TCT Show 2018

TCT Show 2018 proved to be as busy as ever, with noticeably more exhibitors showcasing their models. It was fun to see all those makes and samples. Star Wars Storm Trooper was greeting the visitors close to the entrance, adding to the sense of excitement upon arrival. A big part of the exhibition was dedicated to the industrial class machines, but there was plenty of interesting stuff to see for everyone. Here we watched E3D Online Tool Changer demonstrating its ability to change its tools continuously. For the first time we saw the Blackbelt3D station in action.

Blackbelt Station - 3D Printer - TCTShow 2018
Blackbelt Station – 3D Printer
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3devo displayed a filament shredder together with the filament-making machine. This gives us hope that soon enough every 3D printing enthusiast will be able to recycle unwanted prints and other plastic at home.

Prusa Research had three recently publicised items on display: MMU2, SLA 3D printer and Prusament Filament. It seems that lately 3D printer manufacturers have developed a trend for putting their own branded filament on the market.

Like in the previous year, TCT Show hosted classes for the younger visitors. The educational corner is now an integral part of the event, where a new generation is nurtured into the world of 3D printing.

TCT Show 2017

In 2017 TCT Show once again brought together 3D printer producers showcasing their newest upgrades. There were quite a few stands with filament producers promoting their new materials. We noticed that more and more material producers are focusing on eco-friendly solutions. During the event one could listen to inspiring keynote presentations, including from such giants as McLaren (F1), attend workshops, talk directly to decision-makers for business purposes.

Grey Sherlock - 3D Printed in SLA - Formlabs at TCT Show 2017
Grey Sherlock – 3D Printed in SLA – Formlabs at TCT Show 2017
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Additional Note

You don’t have to be a professional to visit this 3D printing event. We observed groups of school children excitedly learning about additive manufacturing and viewing unique models. 3D software developers keep pushing the limits constantly surprising the audience with the abilities of 3D design.

One must not underestimate the role of 3D printing services companies in making this technology accessible to the general public. If you are planning to visit, we’d like to assure you that the location is very convenient for travel. The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is right next to Birmingham International Airport and the rail station.

Read More: 3D Printing Events – List of Shows & Fairs

We’ve put together a table with important 3D printing events, exhibitions and fairs that happened or will happen in near future. Here you can also find a brief coverage of the events made by 3D printing community members.

3D Printing Events - Meetups, Exhibitions & Fairs
3D Printing Events – Meetups, Exhibitions & Fairs
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