Our must-sees at 2017’s TCT show
Laser Lines is heading to Birmingham from the 26th – 28th September. We’ll have experts on hand across all three days of the mammoth TCT Show at the NEC, answering questions and giving live demonstrations of the latest printers and materials.
As long-time supporters of the show, we know how engaging it can be, which is why we’ve been looking through the list of booked speakers and planning which sessions we’d like to attend.
Designing for Additive Manufacturing
Richard Bibb, Head of the Design for Digital Fabrication research group at the Design School of Loughborough University, will be taking to the main stage with the University of Cambridge’s James Moultrie on the 28th. Together they’ll be discussing their research into what designers really need to understand for successful series production using additive manufacturing.
“I’m most excited about seeing AM become a genuinely mainstream manufacturing option that can be considered alongside and in combination with all manufacturing options,” he told us when we asked him what interests him right now. “I’m looking forward to the time when AM is no longer considered ‘special’. We need a lot more publicly and freely available design guidance before this can happen; especially in our field of industrial / product design but hopefully our project will help drive that forward.”
Rapid prototyping of car parts
Dr Junfeng Yang, who lectures in Automotive Engineering at Birmingham City University, told us he was “interested in the benefit of 3D printing for the fast prototype automotive solution”, and anyone who feels the same would do well to check out his talk on the main stage, at 3pm on 26th September.
Yang will be discussing how he used ABS and rapid prototyping to design iterations of the front wing for a Formula Student racing car. By employing new technologies, rather than relying on either a purely digital simulation, or hand-crafted models, he was able to test the results in a wind tunnel to identify the optimal drag and down force for the car under construction.
Ian Wilcox, from the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University is really looking forward to the show. He said: “It’s always a vibrant event full of interesting possibilities for a manufacturing organisation. Some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies and experts are all in one place, making a visit to TCT an effective use of my time.”
He won’t only be treading the show floor, though, as Wilcox is running a workshop on Productive Metrology in Manufacturing Engineering. Broken into five sections, it starts by looking at the fundamentals of metrology – the science of measurement – within manufacturing engineering, and moves on to consider the hidden forces that can cause variations in seemingly precise measurements.
For anyone who regularly works at fine tolerances, regardless of production process or material, the content of this workshop certainly looks of interest.
Laser Lines at the TCT Show
Whichever sessions you choose to attend, be sure to make a stop at the Laser Lines stand part of your schedule. You’ll find us in Hall 3, at D56 on the floorplan, where we’ll be happy to chat about anything from printers and materials, to the latest developments and how you can use our bureau as part of your ongoing production cycle.