2018 has seen the introduction of 4 new categories to the TCT Awards.
These categories were borne from the abundance of entries last year which were entered into broader categories - and duly deserve recognition in their own right.
The new categories for 2018 are:
» HARDWARE - POLYMER SYSTEMS / NON-POLYMER SYSTEMS
» MATERIALS - POLYMERS / NON-POLYMERS
For more information about these categories as well as the full list of categories, judging criteria and entry forms please see below.
ENTRY SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE ENTERED.
TCT Aerospace Application Award 2018
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.
TCT Automotive Application Award 2018
The automotive industry has benefited from additive manufacturing since its birth over 30 years ago. As one of the first industries to adopt 3D technologies, the industry has integrated them into its design and development phases as well as growing their use in the manufacturing phase. We are interested to discover the most recent advancements to this application.
TCT Healthcare Application Award 2018
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.
TCT Creative Application Award 2018
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.
TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2018
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 2018?
TCT Industrial Product Application Award 2018
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 2018?
TCT Hardware Award 2018 – 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.
TCT Hardware Award 2018 – 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.
TCT Materials Award 2018 - Polymers
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 in these materials in 2 different awards – the first being polymers.
TCT Materials Award 2018 – Non-polymers
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 in these materials in 2 different awards – the second being non-polymers – be it metals, ceramics, composites, biomaterials or any other material that is not solely a polymer.
TCT Software Award 2018
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.
TCT Post-Processing Award 2018
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.
TCT Metrology Award 2018
An important and often under-appreciated area of 3D technologies, metrology is the backbone of ensuring that parts and products are fit for purpose, and includes a wide variety of processes including 3D scanning, CMMs, measuring arms, and reverse engineering. We are thrilled to showcase innovations and advancements in the metrology arena.
TCT Rising Star Award 2018
As the industry grows there are numerous newcomers bringing fresh innovations to the table. From hardware start-ups, material developers and software companies to companies with new and exciting applications for the technology. But which of these industry entrants has the potential to have a sustained impact on the industry for years to come? Who has gone above a beyond to deserve this year’s TCT Rising Star 2018?