TCT 3Sixty from A to Z: 3D printing applications, previews and more


TCT 3Sixty 2022 is almost there. More than 160 exhibitors are set to showcase their latest 3D printing and additive manufacturing products at the Birmingham NEC on June 8-9, complemented by a three-stage conference program that will bring together experts, users and researchers to share their ideas about AM. To keep up to date with what’s on offer, check out our A to Z of the UK’s premier 3D printing showcase.


New technologies are all well and good, but finding the right application is essential. Whether you are looking to implement 3D printing for the first time or are already well into production, TCT 3Sixty promises a wealth of application inspiration from healthcare to aviation and beyond. . At the show, you’ll find examples of how jigs and fixtures are transforming traditional manufacturing lines, how AM is enabling new products optimized for mass production, and just about everything in between. .


TCT 3Sixty is where business happens. With brands like Amazon, Bentley, Rolls Royce and Dyson already listed, you’re sure to make the connections you need for your business. Plus, when you’re ready to take the next step, you’ll also find the UK’s leading tech providers such as Matsuura, Laser lines, Tri-Tech 3D and SYS systems to help you make the right purchasing decisions for your application.


This year, TCT 3Sixty will have a dedicated space for you to meet all the important players in the industry. The Wayland Additive-sponsored TCT Connect show has been designed for visitors to network with existing connections or arrange in-person meetings with new ones via TCT’s digital event hub or at the show.


As always, TCT 3Sixty is THE place to see the latest technological developments in the AM space. Although the gap between our 2021 and 2022 editions is much shorter than usual, we certainly have no shortage of new technology additions to the product line. The show will offer visitors the opportunity to see the novelties of major brands such as 3D systems, HP, Stratasys, EOS and more, many of which will have UK premieres on the stands.


Evaluation, adoption and optimization are the three pillars of TCT 3Sixty’s renowned content program. Whether you’re new to the industry or looking to take your AM investment to the next level, you’ll find relevant content wherever you are on the adoption curve, from market analysis to give you insight into the state of the market, to take an in-depth look at topics such as sustainability and the supply chain.

Filaments, powders, pellets…

Increasingly, the message in the addendum is: it’s all about the materials. As applications evolve, the need for materials that meet industry requirements becomes all the more relevant. Luckily, the show has you covered, whether you’re looking to learn more about filaments for desktop extrusion systems or specialty metal powders for powder bed machines.

Global outlook

This year will see the launch of a new series with industry leading consultant Todd Grimm. TCT’s Global Perspectives will bring together different perspectives from three different countries and areas of expertise to explore hot topics in AM in a forum-style setting. At TCT 3Sixty, this first topic will be supply chain and Grimm will be joined by experts from Boston Consulting Group, University of Bristol and Equine to discuss what AM adoption looks like across different supply networks, industries and regions.

Hall of fame

Although we were unable to welcome our 2020 Hall of Fame inductees in person, this year we will celebrate the contributions of Terry Wohlers and Phill Dickens to the AM industry alongside our 2022 inductee. The six nominees of this year are Diana Kalisz, Elaine Hunt, Jean-Pierre Kruth, Melissa Orme, Nora Toure and Wilhelm Meiners, who were selected by our esteemed TCT Expert Advisory Board – a group of leading industry experts of AF.

inspired spirits

We are delighted to partner again with The CREATE Education Project as part of our TCT Inspired Minds program. Nearly 100 students will attend the event and spend time in workshops and 3D printing tours designed to inspire the next generation in STEAM careers by sharing insights from AM industry experts.

Jason Bradbury

The man responsible for announcing this year’s Hall of Fame inductee and TCT price The winners (more on that later) is Jason Bradbury, a tech journalist and TV presenter who has a passion for science and engineering, and is probably best known as a presenter on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.

Knowledge bar

Looking for answers to your AM questions? The Knowledge Bar should be your first port of call for a 1-2-1 conversation with an industry thought leader. Jeremy Pullin, Jonathan Rowley, Stefanie Brickwede and many more will be on hand to offer unbiased expertise on your AM projects, ideas and challenges. Visit the TCT 3Sixty Hub now to reserve time in your schedule.

Live demonstrations

There’s nothing like a demonstration to provide that “Aha!” moment. The showroom will be full of examples of machines, software and more in action to give you the chance to see up close how the latest additive technologies work and better understand how they can work for your business.


Login to TCT Event Center will also allow you to maximize your time at the show by setting your schedule and making those crucial connections – before the doors to Hall 9 at the NEC even open. Register now to use our online networking features and get matched with the exhibitors, people and products most relevant to you.

New products

Speaking of products, with over 160 exhibitors at the show, TCT 3Sixty promises the largest concentration of new AM products in the UK, including the new FX20 system from Markforged and the new RD1-TT NDT solution from Theta Technologies. From metals to polymers, services to resellers, you’ll be sure to find all the information you need to keep up to date with the latest and greatest AM technologies.

One pass – nine events

This year’s event will take place during Manufacturing and Engineering Week. So we’ve partnered with Nineteen Group and Mark Allen Group to offer visitors access to nine events taking place across the NEC. By registering for your visitor pass, you will automatically have access to the TCT 3Sixty and our sister event Med-Tech Innovation Fairalongside Design Engineering Expo, Manufacturing Expo, Engineering Expo, Maintec, Subcon, The Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show.


Expect lively conversations with a range of experts on key topics such as sustainability and upgrading your AM production. Sponsors including HP and EOS will also invite real end users to share how they implement 3D printing in their workflows. Be sure to bring your questions too.

Quality Assurance Short Course – ASTM

ASTM International will bring its AM Fundamentals Short Course to TCT 3Sixty. Taking place on June 8, this course will provide a concise overview of key considerations on how to achieve quality assurance in additive manufacturing. Participants will receive a digital certificate of participation from ASTM International. Book your place here.

Registration is FREE

If 17 reasons to participate weren’t already enough, how about this one? Registration for TCT 3Sixty is free. This means that all conference sessions, access to knowledge bar experts, networking features and much more, are all in a few clicks.


This also includes major users of AM technologies, including Deutsche Bahn, BAE systems, US Air Force Research Laboratory, to name a few over two days and two stages. Whether you want to learn how to get started with your first application, design optimization, or environmental considerations for your AM workflows, the TCT conference has you covered.

TCT price

Bring your bow ties and ball gowns – the TCT price are back and considering the countless innovations that have taken place since our last awards ceremony in 2019, this industry has much to celebrate. Join us to recognize the best apps, technologies and collaborations in 11 categories on June 9 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Get your tickets here.

Opportunity in UK

The UK is an important market for AM, with the latest figures suggesting it is the third fastest growing market in the world, coupled with the fifth largest machine install base. At the show, you’ll find plenty of examples of British innovation, whether it’s Aston University‘s talk on ‘Bringing Additive Manufacture to Work’ or UK based companies like WAAM3D and Wayland Additive highlighting their technological developments.

Value chain

AM is not just about 3D printers and at TCT 3Sixty you will find every piece of the AM puzzle, from software to post-processing and metrology. It’s more than just a print press and you’re guaranteed to understand everything you need to establish or accelerate your AM production.

Women in 3D printing

We are delighted to collaborate with Women in 3D printing to award our second Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award. This year, we’ll also be hosting a special fireside chat with Women in 3D Printing President Kristin Mulherin and this year’s winner to be announced at the TCT Awards.

Xerox, Xact Metal…

These are just a few of the names you can expect to hear on the TCT presentation stage. This popular platform is back for 2022 and is the best place to soak up the latest AM product information in short, easy-to-digest 20-minute segments.

Your schedule

With only two days to experience all that TCT 3Sixty has to offer, we know your time is valuable. The TCT Event Center lets you build your schedule by adding conferences, 1-2-1s, must-have products and more to your agenda (Editor’s note: I used it to book all my meetings for this year’s event instead of getting lost on LinkedIn – it’s really easy!).

Zero sales pitch

The TCT conference is for AM users. On our North and South stages, you won’t find any sales pitches, just valuable insights from end users, researchers and experts to fuel your business and AM projects. See the complete program here.

So what are you waiting for? Register now for your free ticket and start getting the most out of the TCT 3Sixty Event Hub.


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