TECH STAGE

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

The Tech Stage at TCT is a forum for learning and education. Over the two days you can get a primer on additive manufacturing, hear from the latest start-ups and get the low down on the latest software and inspection innovations.  

Software Insights - This exciting session draws together emerging trends and new technology.

Inspex @ TCT - Highlighting the latest tech and real-world applications in the metrology & inspection sector.

Beginners Guide to AM - The opportunity for newcomers to “additive” technologies to get up to speed as fast as possible.

Start Up Pitch Competition - Start Ups will present a short, sharp five minute presentation of their product or service.

28 September

11:30 - 13:00
Beginner's Guide to AM - Graham Tromans, President, G P 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
14:00 - 14:05
TCT Start Up Pitch by Bondtech AB
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:05 - 14:10
TCT Start Up Pitch by Laykanics
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:10 - 14:15
TCT Start Up Pitch by 3devo
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:15 - 14:20
TCT Start Up Pitch by 3DSTUFFSNL
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:20 - 14:25
TCT Start Up Pitch by ITERATE Design + Innovation
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:25 - 14:30
TCT Start Up Pitch by Filaments.directory
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:30 - 14:35
TCT Start Up Pitch by 3D Matter
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes.

14:35 - 14:40
TCT Start Up Pitch by LAYERED PRINTS
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:40 - 14:45
TCT Start Up Pitch by Mega 3d
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:45 - 14:50
TCT Start Up Pitch by ShareMy3D
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:50 - 14:55
TCT Start Up Pitch by Metal Technics 3D
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes. 

14:55 - 15:00
TCT Start Up Pitch by Anisoprint
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes.

15:00 - 15:05
TCT Start Up Pitch by BotFactory
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes.

15:05 - 15:10
TCT Start Up Pitch by 3D Solex
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes.

15:10 - 15:15
TCT Start Up Pitch by Flex3Drive Ltd
Location:  Tech Stage

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15:15 - 15:20
TCT Start Up Pitch by RenderFab
Location:  Tech Stage

Each company exhibiting within the Start Up Zone will have the opportunity to present a short, sharp, 5 minute presentation of their product or service. Our soon-to-be-announced esteemed judging panel, led by 3D technology expert Todd Grimm, will decide who wins the TCT Start Up Award and Prizes.

29 September

11:30 - 11:50
INSPEX - The Next Level of Quality Inspection - Dieter Ghysbrecht, Global Sales Manager, Materialise Control Platform
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

3D Printing first revolutionized the prototyping world and has now become an industry that stands on its own. For companies that are eager to manufacture industrial applications, there is a growing need for greater control over the quality and repeatability of their printed parts. The Materialise Control Platform (established product) and Materialise Inspector (coming soon) answer this need.
Whereas monitoring the production process is essential to any manufacturing business, it is even more essential to the AM business where you create the material properties during the process. The Materialise Control Platform is a modular, software-driven, embedded hardware solution that allows you to steer and monitor the behavior of your laser-based AM machine, all while collecting real-time data about your production process at an impressive speed. To facilitate the interpretation of this data, Materialise is working on Inspector software that will point out what data needs extra attention. The Materialise Control Platform and Materialise Inspector are integrated with other Materialise software.
Materialise is a leading supplier for AM software (Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite) and has extended its well- established software portfolio towards machine control systems with the Materialise Control Platform. Now it further improves the connection between machine control and quality inspection with the Materialise Inspector. 

Dieter Ghysbrecht
Global Sales Manager Materialise Control Platform
Materialise
11:50 - 12:10
INSPEX - Inspection for Hybrid Manufacturing - Phil Hewitt, Product Manager, Autodesk
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Additive manufacturing provides opportunities to make complex shapes more efficiently. The accuracy of additive processes lags behind the best conventional processes- ‘subtractive’ techniques such as milling and polishing are still preferred when high accuracy or specific surface finishes are required.  Hybrid manufacturing combines the benefits of additive and subtractive process steps to create high precision components in a multi-stage process. Measurement is a vital enabler for hybrid manufacturing.  In-process inspection verifies that a previous process has been completed satisfactorily before the next step begins.  Alignment techniques ensure consistent setup from one process to the next, and adaptive processes compensate for minor variations, replacing hand finishing.

Phil Hewitt
Product Manager
Autodesk
12:10 - 12:30
INSPEX - Inspection, measurement and reverse engineering - Mark Eaton, Application Engineer, Nikon Metrology
Location:  Tech Stage

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Mark Eaton
Application Engineer
Nikon Metrology
12:30 - 12:50
INSPEX - Accurate 3D Scanning for Metal 3D Printing - Greg Gracki, Export Manager, SMARTTECH
Location:  Tech Stage

This presentation will explore how reverse engineering was used to redesign and prototype housing for a motorcycle engine. Greg will describe how 3D scan data was used to produce a native CAD model as a base to create a dedicated housing design before 3D printing in metal. The presentation will look at the importance of using an accurate and reliable 3D scanning device to capture complex geometries and how SMARTTECH 3D scanning technology meets these demands.

Greg Gracki
Export Manager
SMARTTECH
12:50 - 13:10
INSPEX - TBC - Gareth Glazzard, Regional Sales Manager - Software Business Unit, 3D Systems
Location:  Tech Stage

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13:40 - 14:00
SOFTWARE - Customer-centric Design for 3D Printing Software - Jordi Morillo, Head of Customer Experience Design, HP
Location:  Tech Stage

HP’s 3D Printing Global Head of Customer Experience Design, Jordi Morillo, will cover how HP’s Software and Solutions can improve the experience of current 3D printing customers, helping to grow the market, and will also touch on some future vision scenarios. Jordi will share insights on the process used to better understand user needs and how those are translated into Design Principles and Requirements, as well as sharing an overview of the HP Software solutions that will be made available in 2016 as the first instantiation of a multi-step strategy towards delivering a best in class digital experiences.

Jordi Morillo
Head of Customer Experience Design
HP
14:00 - 14:20
SOFTWARE - End-to-End Solutions for Additive Manufacture - Ulf Lindhe, Business Development Lead, Autodesk
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Additive manufacturing is central to the future of making things, and yet, the current software that enables manufacturers to take advantage of this technology is fragmented, inflexible, and expensive.  Join Ulf Lindhe, Additive Manufacturing Business Development Lead at Autodesk, as he explores Autodesk’s complete modular solution for additive design and manufacture.  This integrated platform enables a seamless workflow between design, build preparation, simulation and post-processing, with powerful additive and CAM tools to help you optimize and prepare models for manufacture, verify buildability with quick and accurate simulation, and start manufacturing complex parts faster than ever before. 

Ulf Lindhe
Business Development Lead, Additive Manufacturing
Autodesk
14:20 - 14:40
SOFTWARE - SpaceClaim customer perspective: Optimisation-driven conceptual design of AM components - Matthew Gilbert, Professor, University of Sheffield
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Taking full advantage of the design freedoms offered by AM can be challenging. For example, while truss-like forms are often found to be much more efficient than traditional forms, identifying them can be a laborious process. This presentation will showcase a new software application, LimitState:FORM, which uses layout optimization methods not used by other commercial software to rapidly and directly identify efficient truss designs. The software utilises the advanced geometry capability of ANSYS SpaceClaim to generate parametric CAD models that do not need significant interpretation and re-engineering prior to manufacture - in contrast to the uneven meshes produced by some other tools, making the direct output to AM machines possible.

Matthew Gilbert
Professor
University of Sheffield
14:40 - 15:00
SOFTWARE - Design for AM with Polygonica - David Turner, Software Development Manager, Renishaw plc
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

A demonstration of the Renishaw Adept software, a package for the design of custom medical devices from CT data. This talk focuses on the benefits of using Polygonica as a solid modelling kernel and its advantages for additive manufacturing.

David Turner
Software Development Manager (Medical Dental Products Division)
Renishaw plc
15:00 - 15:20
SOFTWARE - The machine is dead, long live the code - Dr Phil Carroll, Managing Director, LPW Technology Ltd
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

In the metal sphere of AM, the last several years have seen a proliferation of new machines, IPOs and acquisitions. Every industrial country in the world now boasts its own AM machine manufacturer. The machine is just a box, fancy and expensive, but a box none the less. If the powder going into that box is garbage, then the part coming out will be garbage, no matter how shiny that box. What is needed is process control – measure, record, analyse, improve. Software is the glue between the powder and the machine. This presentation will give an insight into a different way of looking at and controlling the AM process. Rather than follow the part from design through file prep, build, and post process, we will follow the AM process through from the perspective of the powder. Tracking its journey from manufacture to use, to reuse, to reuse, to reuse. And the only way of doing this is through intelligent data capture and analysis.

Dr Phil Carroll
Managing Director
LPW Technology Ltd
15:20 - 15:40
SOFTWARE - Predicting the manufacturing result of AM metal parts - with Simufact Additive - Dr Patrick Mehmert, Product Manager Simufact Additive, simufact engineering
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

Simufact provides first insights into Simufact Additive, a new software which is launched at the TCT show. 
Simufact Additive is a scalable powerful process simulation environment for the optimization of Laser Powder Bed Fusion processes. The product’s capabilities cover the simulation of all relevant process steps beginning from printing of the part, followed by the heat treatment process and the cutting process of the plate and support structures. Simufact Additive predicts the final distortion and properties of 3D-printed metal parts. The modelling is done based on CAD data in an innovative GUI environment aligned with the real process work flow. The software helps to compensate the distortion, minimize residual stresses and optimize the process parameters. The software´s basic concept lays the foundation for a wide variability and scalability through different levels of details. This includes both a fast mechanical method for the prediction of distortion and residual stresses up to a fully coupled transient analysis to determine the temperature history and derived properties like the microstructure. The final part’s properties are available for a subsequent structural simulation. 
The modelling of a process chain will be demonstrated, the prediction of failures and the use for optimization will be discussed.

Dr Patrick Mehmert
Product Manager Simufact Additive
Simufact Engineering
15:40 - 16:00
SOFTWARE - FLatt Pack – The Functional Lattice Package for Additive Manufacturing - Ian Ashcroft, Professor of Solid Mechanics, University of Nottingham
Location:  Tech Stage

Why you should attend this presentation:

FLatt Pack has been designed to integrate triply periodic minimal surfaces (TPMS) into geometries for Additive Manufacturing (AM). Following a 5 step process FLatt Pack allows users to; select a geometry or upload a custom file; alter lattice dimensions and repeating unit cells; select from sixteen different TPMS lattice types; specify density to create uniform or graded outputs; add an optional skin; and produce an .stl, sliced bitmap or 3D voxel array output file ready for AM. Lattices created using FLatt Pack can enable structural light-weighting of AM components whilst providing additional functionality by providing regions of high surface-to-volume ratio.

 

Ian Ashcroft
Professor of Solid Mechanics
University of Nottingham & Co-director of Added Scientific Ltd
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