TCT Live Additive Manufacturing Conference

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Cheshire, UK, 6th April 2009: The organiser of TCT Live, Rapid News Publications plc, has made one of the boldest moves yet in underlining its complete commitment to the rapid product development and manufacturing industry, by making attendance at its world-class Additive Manufacturing Conference completely free of charge.

This year more than ever before, designers, product developers and manufacturers are looking to source cutting-edge techniques and gain expert knowledge to help them stay ahead of the competition. The TCT Conference has therefore taken the unprecedented step of removing any financial barriers and opening its doors to all visitors in 2009, giving full accessibility to the world’s leading experts in Additive Manufacture. 

Over the years, The TCT Conference has pioneered knowledge exchange within the industry and to this end the quality of papers being presented in 2009 remains at the forefront of technological advancement in Additive Manufacture.

Duncan Wood, Group Director for TCT explains, “As a media operation, that in many ways is as old as the technologies themselves, we have a part to play in growing this industry. This year travel and training budgets are under ever-increasing scrutiny and by opening this Conference to all we hope to stimulate new converts to the technologies and help drive the industry forward. It is also worth pointing out that this move does in no way diminish the quality of the papers on offer, quite the contrary, and I am delighted with the quality and gravitas of the names already confirmed.”

Papers already confirmed include: Brian Cioffi, Converse; Steve Wilkinson, Rolls-Royce; Volker Junior, Junior & Tacke; Iain Todd, AMRC with Boeing; Mike Ayre, Crucible Industrial Design; Neil Hopkinson, RMRG Loughborough University; Jeremy Pullin, Renishaw; and Cyrille Peignot, Ecolateral ALM on behalf of EADS. TCT is particularly delighted to announce that a Senior Executive of Airbus will present the keynote address.

The theme of TCT Live 2009 is Business Critical Technologies for Product Development and Manufacturing. This gives the 2009 conference the opportunity to explore more deeply than ever before the realities of additive manufacture and will look at whether the promises and reported benefits are actually fact or fiction.

The conference programme has been specially formulated to address key issues including the business reasons for adopting additive technologies, definitive manufacturing applications of additive fabrication, and future considerations such as economic, environmental and corporate social responsibilities.

As a conclusion, the last session of the second day will draw together equipment and material vendors and end-users to discuss the practicalities of this technology and how they can really be used to reduce cost, increase speed and improve efficiency.

The conference is expected to be heavily subscribed therefore any visitor wishing to attend the TCT Live Additive Manufacturing Conference must be pre-registered to be guaranteed entry. Visitors registering on the day cannot be guaranteed entry. Registration can be completed quickly and easily at www.tctshow.com

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