TCT 3Sixty covers all aspects of additive manufacturing from design to production. Every year it attracts all sorts of companies involved in 3D printing, from big names to start-ups. TCT 3Sixty is the place to promote your business, make new contacts, and generally gather information on new development in the industry. The TCT event in Birmingham has been run since 1994.
TCT 3Sixty 2021
This year, NEC Birmingham welcomed visitors to the rebranded show – TCT 3Sixty (previously TCT Show). With this new concept of a 360° vision, the organizers want to convey the message that this event covers all aspects of the 3D printing industry.
As we went through 2021, the general optimism was gradually growing. Many events still have an online “back-up”, but the need for in-person meetings and events is felt strongly. People started taking full advantage of the regional events. In the new reality, regional, rather than global, events may become more desired and effective, with more decision power given to the local managers.
At this year’s event, it felt like everything came back to normal after a two-year break. There was buzzy activity around the booths, speakers giving presentations, interviews, showcases, and overall better than expected attendance.
In order to promote adoption, it is important to raise awareness. At TCT3Sixty 2021, both individuals and businesses got involved, saw the practical application of additive manufacturing, and hopefully found the needed solutions and moved forward towards adoption.
Rebranded E3D had a debut with a new nozzle system Revo which caught a lot of attention during the show and on social media. A UK-based team, creators of the ToolChanger, every year invite talented creators to showcase their own work at the E3D’s booth. This year James Bruton @XRobotsUK and Matt Denton @mantisrobot were at the stand demonstrating their creations.
If you have never seen belt 3D printers, then there was a chance to see one of them at TCT3Sixty where Creality featured the machine together with a new HALOT resin printer.
A company from the Netherlands, 3Devo, featured GP20 Shredder Hybrid – a plastic shredding system. Good to see that the plastic recycling and filament making innovations are coming through.
As usual, manufacturers keep the big news in secret and make announcements at such tradeshows. At this event, we saw quite a few product launches.
We hope we gave you a taste of what TCT3Sixty 2021 was like. There are many highlights and videos available, please find them using hashtags #tct3sixty or #tct3sixty2021.
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 the 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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