The TCT Awards categories are split into two main areas: Innovations and Applications.

The Innovations categories celebrate developments in additive manufacturing hardware, software, materials and post processing.

The Applications categories celebrate how 3D technologies are applied to have real life improvements from financial and business to social, environmental and educational.

Submissions open Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Submissions close Wednesday 3 March 2021.

TCT Aerospace Application Award 2021

Innovations and developments in the aerospace industry are renowned for ultimately benefitting all other engineering industries - from developing new and ground-breaking materials, to advanced electronics and automation. It is therefore unsurprising that the aerospace industry has been a key adopter of 3D technologies, and we are excited to see what pioneering applications have been released this year.

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Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2021

We use consumer products every day, often taking for granted their impact on our daily lives. Behind each of those products is a product designer – designing the look, feel, function and production route of these products.  The use of 3D technologies in the life of a product designer has increased 10-fold over the past few years, and as the adoption increases, so do the innovations. So which application is the most innovative for 2021?

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Transport Application Award 2021

As one of the first industries to adopt 3D technologies, the transport industry has embraced additive technologies at all stages of design, development and manufacturing. We are interested to discover the most recent advancements to this application within the automotive, rail or marine based transportation industries.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Creative Application Award 2021

The film, theatre, art, architecture and jewellery industries all have one thing in common – they take a creative vision and turn it into a physical realisation. As such it is one of the most fascinating areas of innovation in 3D technologies. We are excited to see where this industry can push the boundaries in using the technologies in the creative arena. 

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Judges will be assessing evidence of uniqueness and originality; public response and critical reception; business potential; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Hardware Award 2021 – Polymer systems

The Hardware awards celebrate the very best of the enabling technologies themselves, and are split into two distinct areas, the first of which is polymer systems. We are looking for 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies which push the boundaries of polymer processing, bringing innovative improvements or entirely new technologies to the table.

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Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Hardware Award 2021 – Non-polymer systems

The Hardware awards celebrate the very best of the enabling technologies themselves, and are split into two distinct areas, the second of which is non-polymer systems. This could include metals, ceramics, composites, biomaterials or any other material that is not solely a polymer.  We are looking for innovations which push the boundaries of current established systems.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Healthcare Application Award 2021

Healthcare is one of the most rewarding industries to be involved with, and the use of 3D technologies in this arena couldn’t be more fitting.  The ability to create bespoke, one-off parts from scanned data is perhaps more suited to this industry than any other. With the ever-evolving development of new materials, software and hardware, it is no wonder that this industry grasps the benefits of these technologies – and we can’t wait to see what innovative applications have been launched this year.  

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; lifesaving or life improvement; cost reduction for healthcare providers; faster time to market; originality of therapy; improved fitness for purpose; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Industrial Product Application Award 2021

Industrial products work behind the scenes to keep our industries working. Whether it be factory automation equipment, farming tools or material handling machines, there is little that is not touched by an industrial designer.  3D technologies are being increasingly adopted by this sector to drive unique developments, but which are the most innovative for 2021?

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Materials Award 2021

3d printing and additive manufacturing processes would not succeed but for the development of appropriate materials for the job.  Though often underappreciated, the amount of science and innovation which goes into the development of materials for these processes can be overwhelming.  We would like to celebrate advancements any material for additive manufacturing from polymers to metals, ceramics to composites, biomaterials and any other advanced material.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Post-Processing Award 2021

The post processing award aims to celebrate the technologies which add the final touches to the 3d printing/additive manufacturing process chain.  The often essential processes which impart material properties and surface finishes to a 3D printed or additively manufactured part.  We are excited to commend new innovations in post processing technology.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; improved fitness for purpose; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Software Award 2021

3D technologies are only as good as the software which links them.  The development of specialist software to process, validate and control the systems can mean the difference between a fantastic system and a dud.  This award celebrates innovations in any software which impacts product development using 3D technologies from the design phase through to manufacture and end of life.  

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.