Main Stage

Here is a recap of what was on display at the 2016 show.

Since 1996 the TCT Conference has been an annual celebration of inspiration and innovation in product development, engineering and manufacturing. Tracking ahead of the mainstream, it presents applications and insights from some of the worlds best.

2016's speaker line up cuts across a wide range of industries and includes real world applications from Caterpillar, Alstom, 3M and leading research institutions from across the globe.  

The TCT keynote presentations that take place each morning on the Main Stage will leave you inspired and eager to explore the wealth of information available at the event. This year’s keynotes will focus on digital manufacturing, cutting-edge applications and also a primer on what’s new, what you should lookout for and those must-see technologies.  

28 September

10:30 - 11:00
KEYNOTE: Mr. Richard Trimlett, Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Brompton Hospital and Alex Berry, Founder, Sutrue Ltd - From Theory to Theatre Using Additive Manufacturing.
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

This presentation will explore the use of rapid manufacturing techniques processing plastics, resins, metals and laser cut spring plates, as fully functional prototypes for a series of medical devices. Sutrue has designed an automated suturing device using standard suturing needles for all types of suturing, from Wound Closure through to Robotics. The design and prototyping process has used additive manufacturing (3D printing) to reduce the development cost from approximately £3.5m to £50k while reducing development time drastically.

Mr Alex Berry
Sutrue Ltd
Mr Richard Trimlett
Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon
Royal Brompton Hospital
11:00 - 11:30
KEYNOTE: David Burns, Founder and Principal, Global Business Advisory Services LLC - 3DP is necessary but not sufficient to realise the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT)’
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Additive manufacturing, (or alternatively 3D printing), has become a well-studied and well-discussed topic. 3D printing has been called “the next industrial revolution” and interest in 3D printing, including that of financial markets, has created an environment of heightened discussion and expectations. Yet, in industrial production, 3D printing is but a component of a broader set of digitally based technologies.  It is through the integration of multiple technologies that we can create a true transformation in the manufacturing world.  The interconnectivity and real time data flow provided by the Internet of Things (IoT) can power manufacturing to productivity levels that were unimaginable in analog times.

This talk will explore how 3D printing fits as an essential element in the journey to optimized manufacturing – yet it is through the interaction with the other elements in our digital world that the power of additive manufacturing is ultimately unleashed.

Mr  David  Burns
Founder and Principal
Global Business Advisory Services LLC
13:00 - 13:20
Design optimisation of high value 3D printed metallic components: a new approach - Matthew Gilbert, Professor, University of Sheffield
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

3D printing brings significant design freedoms, permitting truss,
lattice and other complex forms to be incorporated in high value
metallic components for aerospace and other applications. When ‘strong
and light’ components are required topology optimisation is now often
used. However, with this approach realising a viable component can be
very time consuming. Research undertaken at the AdAM Centre at the
University of Sheffield has led to the development of an alternative
methodology in which individual truss elements are modelled directly
from the outset in the optimisation process, boosting computational
efficiency and providing designs which can often be manufactured with
minimal user intervention.

Matthew Gilbert
University of Sheffield
13:20 - 13:40
How to select the most suitable AM process - Samira Gruber, Researcher, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS
Location:  Main Stage

Additive Manufacturing technologies for processing metals can be distinguished between powder bed based and directed deposition through powder or wire. Hybrid solutions combine conventional subtractive processes like milling and drilling with additive processes. In order to choose the most suitable process, the part’s material and functional specifications have to be considered while also taking into account build size, time and costs. The Center of Additive Manufacturing in Dresden has a variety of facilities that includes all previously mentioned Additive Manufacturing technologies. Therefore, we can make an unbiased decision on which process is most suitable. This talk gives a short overview of the different technologies at the Center of Additive Manufacturing in Dresden and compares their capabilities and limitations concerning material, part size, geometry and costs. A case study is presented to show the decision making process.

Samira Gruber
Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS
13:40 - 14:00
Additive Manufacturing within Thales - Steven Catt, Mechanical Engineer, Thales
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

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Steven Catt
Mechanical Engineer
14:00 - 14:20
Update on the UK National AM Strategy - Phill Dickens, Professor, The University of Nottingham
Location:  Main Stage

The UK is a hotbed of innovation in both technology- and application-development for additive manufacturing. In this presentation Phill Dickens, Professor of Manufacturing Technology, Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group at The University of Nottingham will explore the multi-faceted strategy that will ensure the UK capitalises on past successes and cements its status as a leading innovator in the AM industry.

Phill Dickens
The University of Nottingham
14:40 - 15:00
Making the world’s best mountain bike – Ed Haythornthwaite, CEO, Robot Bike Co
Location:  Main Stage

Robot Bike Co was formed to realise a simple yet ambitious goal: to use cutting edge technology to produce the best mountain bike possible.  A key aspect of this is fit – instead of coming in a few standard sizes, the new R160 frame is perfectly tailored to its rider.  Learn how additive manufacturing and parametric design combine to produce a bespoke frame that features titanium lugs, carbon tubes and a unique suspension design.

Ed Haythornthwaite
Robot Bike Co
15:00 - 15:20
Precision in Additive Manufacture, the Application of Advanced Metrology to 3D Printed Items - Dr Michael Wilson, Technology Director, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Additive manufacture is fast becoming a preferred tool for prototyping and limited run, custom manufacture. It is almost impossible to avoid presentations and media content about additive manufacturing (AM) in metals and its potential impact on manufacturing, the ability to accelerate the design and prototyping process and the possibility of creating structures which would be impossible by traditional methods such as machining but which confer benefits such as significant reductions in mass.

However, as AM becomes more accessible, asking the right questions about the precision of the build and repeatability between technologies, batches, or even different parts of the same build are becoming increasingly important. By using a US NIST’s standard object printed in nylon and in metal on a number of manufacturers’ machines, and subjecting the prints to coordinate measurement (CMM), Dr Michael Wilson will present comparative metrological data on the precision of each printed product and explain how he got to this significant data.

Dr Michael  Wilson
Technology Director
3M Buckley Innovation Centre
15:20 - 15:50
TRAnsformative DESign - Jan Vandenbrande, Program Manager, Defence Science Office, DARPA
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

New manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing have vastly improved our ability to create shapes and material properties previously thought impossible. Generating new designs that fully exploit these properties, however, has proven extremely challenging. Conventional design technologies, representations, and algorithms are inherently constrained by outdated presumptions about material properties and manufacturing methods. As a result, today’s design technologies are simply not able to bring to fruition the enormous level of physical detail and complexity made possible with cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities and materials. This talk will present the intent of DARPA’s Transformative Design (TRADES) program, which aims to advance the foundational mathematics and computational tools required to generate and better manage the enormous complexity of design. The ultimate aim of the program is to enhance a designer ability to create entirely novel designs that fully exploit the possibilities of novel fabrication processes, such as 3D printing, and tailored material architectures, including carbon fiber composites.

Mr Jan Vandenbrande
Program Manager
Defence Science Office, DARPA

29 September

10:30 - 11:00
KEYNOTE : Daniel Schneider, Technical Sales Manager, Airbus APWorks - Industrialising Additive Manufacturing
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

As a 100 % subsidiary of Airbus Group, Airbus APWorks is familiar with modern production processes, and makes proven aerospace technologies accessible in many different industries. In metallic 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, they cover the entire value chain, from optimized component design to the choice of suitable materials, from prototyping to qualified serial production. Their customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace benefit from all the advantages that additive manufacturing has to offer – the shortest possible production times and a reduction in weight and materials used for production. APWorks is testing the integrated system and corresponding Additive World software platform for series production of industrial parts for its customers in robotics, mechanical engineering, automotive, medical technology and aerospace. As part of the programme, APWorks will thoroughly evaluate the processes and applications for multiple materials simultaneously to officially validate and certify the process for the most critical parts.

Mr Daniel Schneider
Technical Sales Manager
Airbus APWorks
11:00 - 11:30
KEYNOTE: Todd Grimm, President, T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc - Back to Business: Justification in the age of false enlightenment
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

The tide has turned, and the backlash is upon us now that it is apparent that an AM-lead revolution isn’t imminent. Disillusionment has set in at the very moment that we are seeing real innovation; innovation that can unlock new applications, release new potential and open new doors. The key to progress, both for the industry and for individual companies, is to build a practical, defensible case that under promises and over delivers.

Mr Todd Grimm
T.A Grimm & Associates, Inc
13:00 - 13:20
3D Printing by the numbers. Fact, Fiction and Future - Chris Connery, VP of Global Analysis & Research, CONTEXT
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

As more and more Professional and Desktop 3D Printing companies look to leverage IT distribution to target their offerings toward Education, Architecture, Engineering and small-and-medium businesses and large businesses alike, more and more synergies are seen each day with the long-standing IT market place. Nowhere is this more evidenced than by the forthcoming entrance of IT stalwarts into the 3D Printing marketplace.  Chris Connery offers new insights, data and market trends in this exciting market segment. He also highlights the performance of vendors in this market, looking at emerging players, their strategies as well as new market segments that are being created. All of this is backed up by factual data from CONTEXT, which has been tracking the IT industry for over 30 years. 


Mr Chris Connery
VP of Global Analysis & Research
13:20 - 13:40
Exploiting metal additive manufacturing: Caterham Cars case study - Nigel Pready, Group Leader, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

AM can be used to make lightweight parts, that’s pretty well-known now. The actual process of designing and building lightweight parts while also improving structural performance is seen as a dark art. Luckily Nigel Pready will be on stage to shed light on how a rigorous design process was followed to ensure the potential benefits of AM were realised for Caterham Cars. A key part of this process is a thorough requirements capture to ensure thinking is not constrained by the existing, conventionally manufactured, solution. A cost-benefit study will also help you decide if AM is right for your project.

Mr Nigel  Pready
Group Leader
Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
13:40 - 14:00
Customer service and supply chain impact for spare parts activities: end-user REX within Public Transportation industry - Christophe Eschenbrenner, Digital Supply Chain Manager, ALSTOM
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Alstom, a railway company, runs a worldwide program to leverage additive manufacturing for its spare parts activities. This presentation will be based on REX, with a focus on usages and benefits, and furthermore, will review the impact on engineering, industrial and supply chain... now and in the next decade. Christophe will even share a few tips on how you can endorse it within your own business.

Mr  Christophe  Eschenbrenner
Digital Supply Chain Manager
14:00 - 14:20
Study of influence of FDM processing parameters on final part mechanical properties - Serafín García Navarro, Head of Design & Injection, AIMPLAS
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Knowing the influence on processing parameters for FDM parts manufacturing is the key factor to ensure achieving the target properties of final parts. During the printing process, the researcher has the possibility of defining speed manufacturing and/or nozzle and build platform temperature. The effects of these processing parameters will be evaluated and discussed in this presentation

Mr Serafín García-Navarro
Head of Design & Injection
14:40 - 15:00
Joining Tubes Using Additive Manufacturing - Kim-Niklas Antin, Researcher, Aalto University
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Joining tubes using traditional methods requires a lot of manual labour or dedicated tooling. AM, on the other hand, provides a means for producing optimised and customised nodes. Wax patterns can be used for investment casting the connectors, sand moulds can be manufactured for gravity casting and powder bed fusion allows production of metallic parts directly. Each of these methods were used to fabricate bicycle frames and the results were compared to traditional lay-up processes. Sit in on this presentation to see how AM fared against traditional methods, and if using 3D printing tech could be right for your application.

Mr Kim-Niklas Antin
Aalto University
15:00 - 15:20
Automatic Process Planning Solutions for Additive Manufacturing - Marco Attene, Permanent Researcher, CNR-IMATI Institute
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

No one wants failure, especially when failure costs money and can be avoided with a little planning. A good Process Planning (PP) for AM makes the difference between a printing success and a dreaded failure. Focussing on industrial metal manufacturing and a multidisciplinary team within the EU project CAxMan, are working together to automate the PP and minimise failures, examining two challenging applications. Take part in this talk to discover the current state-of-the-art and how it can be applied to your projects today.

Mr Marco Attene
Permanent Researcher
CNR-IMATI Institute
15:20 - 15:50
Partnerships that drive the industrialisation of additive manufacturing - Vynce Paradise, Head of Advanced Part Manufacturing, Siemens PLM Software
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

The combination of subtractive machining processes and multi-axis deposition methods is one of the key areas of advanced software development that Vynce and his teams are working in. Strategic partnerships with equipment and system builders are a key element of overall solutions now being deployed. Adaptations of machine tools and robots provide alternative hardware platforms, each with specific advantages and possibilities. Combine this with a wide range of material types, and the extreme variety of industrial applications being addressed, and we see a significant advance in the digitalization of manufacturing.

Vynce Paradise
Head of Advanced Part Manufacturing
Siemens PLM Software





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