FDM technology stars at TCT Show
We are turning our blog over to our rapid manufacturing sales manager Dave Price this week for his take on TCT Show 2015.
With its unprecedented triple presence at the show, Laser Lines has had its most successful TCT Show to date. Now in its twentieth year, TCT is the largest event dedicated to 3D printing in the UK and we have been a key exhibitor since the show began 20 years ago. This year saw a new approach for us as we had our own Laser Lines stand, along with a strong presence on the Stratasys stand and our joint stand with SLM Solutions Gmbh.
The fact that we were able to showcase a whole host of our technological capabilities under one roof made it a much more interesting and educational show for our customers.
Not only were we able to demonstrate 3D printing and scanning on the Laser Lines stand, but we were then able to introduce visitors to complementary technologies by way of the different application areas on the Stratasys stand, and the selective laser melting metal rapid manufacturing systems on the SLM Solutions stand. This was a new strategy for us and it seems to have worked very well indeed.
Growing interest in FDM
With over 200 exhibitors at the show it’s important to stand out from the crowd, and with lots of interest from visitors in our FDM technology, we certainly did that. FDM is suitable for low-volume production runs, as opposed to being used for purely concept modelling or function testing. It negates the need for a costly injection mould tool and hits the sweet spot for businesses that want to produce one-offs, but then have the choice to ramp up the volumes to a couple of hundred off of a part.
We have been in the business of FDM for 22 years and our experts were kept extremely busy at the show sharing their knowledge with businesses who can see the potential in working with Laser Lines and existing customers who want to expand their 3D printing capabilities.
The show reflected the fact that the 3D printing industry has become much more accessible over the last few years, with cheaper machines and people coming to the Laser Lines stand well-informed about the latest technologies. However, this can mean that end-users can have a rather rose-tinted view of just what’s achievable with the various technologies on offer today.
It’s great to have the opportunity at events such as TCT Show to discuss the reality of the technologies that are currently available. It’s only by having these types of discussions that the industry will continue to grow, pushing the boundaries of 3D printing in order to develop the technology to exceed customer expectations.