This year’s Tech Stage programme will host a range of CPD certified workshops intended to provide attendees with a range of topics and speakers. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert within the AM industry, the Tech Stage has something for everyone  - from a beginners guide to AM session to the health and safety of metal powders. The TCT Tech Stage will also see the return of the start-up pitches on day 1 where exciting new companies will present their products in the Start Up Awards.

All workshops and talks are free for registered visitors and seats are based on a first come first served basis.

26 September

11:40 - 13:10
Introduction to AM - Graham Tromans, President - Tromans Associates
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

This highly oversubscribed free seminar session presented by leading expert Graham Tromans gives newcomers to “additive” technologies the opportunity to get up to speed as fast as possible. If you are new to these technologies and want to get the lowdown on what, how and why, make sure you register for this session.

Mr Graham Tromans
Principal Industry Consultant and President of G P
Tromans Associates
13:40 - 15:05
Start Up Pitches - Each company in the Start Up Zone will participate in the Start Up Awards by presenting their new product or service to our esteemd judging panel.
Location:  Tech Stage


27 September

11:40 - 12:40
Occupational Exposure to Metal Powders in Additive Manufacturing - Chris Ryall, Samantha Hall, General Manager, Measurement and Control Scientist - National Additive Centre at the MTC, HSL: HSE’s Health & Safety Laboratory
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

There is evidence from traditional industrial processes that occupational exposure to metal particles, either by inhalation or contact, can cause respiratory and skin diseases.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) collaborated with industry partners to investigate potential risks for exposure to metal powders throughout the production life cycle of AM from powder testing to post-processing.

MTC will present an overview of the risks associated with metal powder additive technologies and the improvements being made in equipment design to reduce these risks. The objectives of MTC’s core research programme to investigate health and safety concerns about metal powders used for AM will also be explained. 

HSE will present the results of a survey undertaken in collaboration with three AM centres to investigate the effectiveness of control measures used to minimise operator exposure to metal powders. Personal sampling for inhaled metal particles was quantified gravimetrically; real time emissions of respirable particles were measured using direct-reading instruments; and surface deposition was assessed using wipe sampling. Metal particles were characterised using transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) atomic emission spectroscopy, and ICP mass spectrometry. Contextual information about working practices and control processes was collected and reviewed and biological monitoring also assessed personal exposures.

The study demonstrated that employees were not personally exposed to harmful levels of metals. The presentation will also consider how this evidence base can be further developed to inform good working practices to minimise exposure to metal powders in AM.

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This publication and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

Mr Chris Ryall
General Manager
National Additive Centre at MTC
Samantha  Hall
Measurement and Control Scientist
Health and Safety Executive
13:00 - 16:00
Product Development Lifecycle - Derek Ellis - Senior Application Engineer
Location:  Tech Stage


28 September

11:40 - 14:40
Workshop: Productive Metrology in Manufacturing Engineering
Location:  Tech Stage

11:40am               Welcome

11:45am               Productive Metrology – turn an often indirect activity into a productivity tool  - What are the core concepts of effective metrology and its applied measurement within manufacturing engineering. How can metrology be applied effectively to support your productivity ambitions, using metrology tools to reduce waste, increase efficiency and help inform cost / benefit decision making, including waste reduction in metrology itself.

12:25pm             Dimensional Measurement Variation - the hidden money pit of production cost – There are hidden forces at work in day to day measurement that cause variation in the measurement results we achieve and rely on for decision making, what and how big are they? Once you know what’s out there you can take action to mitigate them and be confident in your first time result. This presentation unfolds some of the underlying principles of the causes of measurement variation within dimensional measurement and how to tackle them.

1:00pm               Coordinate your Coordinate Metrology – Is ‘the one eyed man’ really King? – When utilising coordinate metrology systems in your measurement practice, are you considering practicality and  cost? What are the alternatives and could they improve productivity without              reducing quality? If coordinate metrology systems are controlling your quality, are they themselves being undermined by a lack of technical understanding, poor professional ‘ownership’ or a need for appropriate training

1:40pm               Metrology and the factory of the future – a practical look into the crystal ball – Industry 4.0 and Factory of the future are both terms used to describe how manufacturing engineering will look in the near future. Metrology has a big part to play in this next industrial revolution, the changes have started but what are the key steps and how can you start to prepare yourselves for what will radically change how we do metrology within an advanced manufacturing engineering site.

2:15pm               Metrology question time - A panel of the four speakers from today’s sessions plus a guest from a manufacturing industry company to take metrology related questions from the audience.

2:40pm                 Q&A

Mr  Ian Wilcox
Senior Lecturer in Metrology, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering, Faculty of Environment, Engineering and Computing
Coventry University
Mr Karl Stevens
Lecturer in Metrology
Mr Trevor Toman
Head of Metrology, Visiting Professor and Business Metrologist
Trescal UK
Mr Wayne  Sadler
Lecturer in Metrology





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