Finalists for TCT Awards 2018


“This year’s TCT Awards shortlist shows that this industry is way past potential and heading towards ubiquity.”

Chester, UK, July 9th, 2018 – Finalists have now been announced for the TCT Awards 2018.  This year’s TCT Awards are to be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the evening of Wednesday 26th September.  Each finalist entry will be sent to the TCT Expert Advisory Board where the judging process will commence. The judges will collectively use their expertise from varied industries to pick a winner from each category. The winners will be announced by Robert Llewellyn, best known as ‘Kryten’ from the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, on the evening of the awards.

“Design-to-manufacturing innovation is happening now,” states Daniel O’Connor, Head of Content, TCT Group. “With submissions from the likes of BMW, Airbus, IKEA, and a host of SMEs, this year’s TCT Awards shortlist shows that this industry is way past potential and heading towards ubiquity.”

After long consideration of an abundance of high standard entry applications, we are pleased to announce the TCT Award finalists 2018.

The following list includes the leading parties within each application, however, there are several partnerships supporting the applicants, full details of all collaborators and details of the specific projects will be available soon at

TCT Aerospace Application Award 2018

  • Carbon Fibre Wing Repair Kit – FDM Digital Solutions, Airbus
  • Liquid Rocket Engine Injector – 3D Systems, DLR (German Aerospace Centre)
  • Overhead Spacer Panels – Materialise, Airbus
  • Project MELT – BEEVERYCREATIVE, European Space Agency

TCT Automotive Application Award 2018

  • Bespoke functional dashboard prototypes – Ricoh, Volkswagen
  • BMW i8 roadster SLM bracket – SLM Solutions, BMW
  • Custom carbon fibre motorcycle seat – Markforged, Auto Fabrica
  • LightHinge+ – Simufact Engineering, Edag Engineering
  • LSEV – 3D Printed Urban Car – Polymaker, XEV

TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2018

  • Carbon Fibre Bike Frame – AREVO, Studio West
  • IKEA Omedelbar Hands – Wazp, IKEA
  • Luxury Faucets – 3D Systems, Kallista
  • MINI YOURS Customised – HP, Carbon, EOS, BMW
  • Vitamix Nozzle – Carbon, Vitamix

TCT Creative Application Award 2018

  • Ancient Roman Helmet – Custom Prototypes
  • Diplodocus skull – Laser Prototypes Europe, Natural History Museum
  • Embrace: Jewellery with embedded gemstones – Cookson Gold, Boltenstern
  • Life Size Star Wars Executioner Trooper – 3D Systems, Disney / Lucas Film
  • Pleated costume for Beijing Opera – Sinterit, Royal College of Art

TCT Hardware Award 2018- Non-polymer systems

  • Desktop Metal Production System – Desktop Metal
  • Dynamic Multi Laser Assignment – Additive Industries
  • GTarc 3DMP®technology – GEFERTEC
  • LightSPEE3D – SPEE3D
  • Olsson Ruby FDM Nozzle – 3DVerkstan Nordic

TCT Hardware Award 2018- Polymer systems

  • Apium M220 – Apium Additive Technologies
  • E3D Tool-changer – E3D Online
  • EOS P 500 – EOS
  • Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE) – Essentium
  • Figure 4 – 3D Systems
  • High Speed Sintering – Voxeljet
  • Mimaki 3DUJ-553 – Mimaki USA
  • Tiertime X5 – Tiertime Corporation

TCT Healthcare Application Award 2018

  • 125kg weight bearing prosthetic – HP, Prosfit Technologies
  • Acetabular Cup Cutter – GE Additive, Endocon
  • DURAN® DFAM lab equipment – Laserteck, DWK Life Sciences
  • Pre-op planning model aids world-first surgery – Axial 3D, Belfast City Hospital
  • Single socket upper limb prosthetics – EOS, Glaze Prosthetics
  • Topology optimised spinal implant – 3D Systems, NuVasive

TCT Industrial Application Award 2018

  • 3DP Investment casting patterns – Ultimaker, Sylatech
  • 80% time saving in tool fabrication – Ultimaker, Jabil
  • Andbarb fastening system – Andbarb
  • DFAM Condiment Nozzle – Frazer Nash Manufacturing, Grote Company
  • DFAM Rollertrain Bearing Cages – Bowman Additive Production, John Handley Bearings
  • Mass Customisation of copper inductors – Trinckle 3D, PROTIQ

TCT Materials Award 2018- Polymers

  • Biocompatible Temporis Photoshade – DWS Srl
  • DuraForm ProX FR1200 – 3D Systems
  • EPX 82 – Carbon
  • Formlabs ceramic resin – Formlabs
  • SABIC EXL AMHI240F filament – Sabic
  • Windform RL – CRP Technology

TCT Materials Awards 2018- Non-polymers

  • Additive LFRP Composites – Impossible Objects
  • Aluminium alloys for AM – Arconic
  • Copper C18150 – Stratasys
  • NanoSteel BLDRmetal L-40 – NanoSteel
  • Vibenite® 290 hard steel – VBN Components

TCT Metrology Award 2018

  • Aircraft Damage Assessment – 3D Systems, Easyjet
  • Artec Leo – Artec 3D
  • Creaform Academia – Ametek Creaform
  • Faro Design ScanArm 2.0 – Faro Europe

TCT Post-Processing Award 2018

  • ‘Print-to-Product’ workflow – DyeMansion
  • DLyte: Metal DryLyte Electropolishing – Steros GPA Innovate S.L.
  • PostPro3D – Automated part finishing – Additive Manufacturing Technologies
  • Russell AMPro Sieve Station – Russell Finex
  • Sinterit Sieve for Sinterit Lisa – Sinterit
  • Hybrid DECI Duo System – PostProcess Technologies

TCT Software Award 2018

  • AMFG – Autonomous Manufacturing
  • Axial3DinPrint – Axial 3D
  • Cura Connect – Ultimaker
  • Digital Supply (Block)Chain – Identify3D
  • Discovery Live – Ansys UK
  • LINK3D Digital Factory – LINK3D
  • Materialise e-Stage for Metal – Materialise
  • Support Optimization Module for LBM – Additive Works

TCT Rising Star Award 2018

Due to the nature of this award, the winner will be announced on the night of the awards.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 26th September 2018

We will update with the Winner’s after the ceremony has taken place.

For more details please see TCT Awards website