TCT 2014 UK additive manufacturing show to host industry heavyweights, apparel conference

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The use of 3D printing in the development and production of sportswear will be part of the presentations.

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Apparel companies will be weaving their tales about the industry at the show’s first conference for the sector.
Apparel companies will be weaving their tales about the industry at the show’s first conference for the sector.
(Source: Rapid News Communications)

The organiser of the TCT Show + Personalize 2014 additive manufacturing exhibition said this year’s event will feature some major developers of generative technology and an inaugural series of talks on the use of the process in apparel.

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Speakers at this year’s event at the NEC in Birmingham, UK on 30 September-2 October, will include experts from some of the biggest names in the industry, according to Rapid News Communications, which oversees the show.

The company said it expects EOS founder Hans Langer and Materialise CEO Wilfried Vancraen to be on hand to talk about their views of how the business has been developing. Andy Christensen, vice-president of personalised surgery and medical devices at 3D Systems, is slated to discuss the medical market.

Some 10,000 visitors are expected at this year’s exhibition, which is the 19th, and for the first time, TCT will feature a conference on “wearables”. The session on apparel will be presented by sportswear giants Reebok and Under Armour, both of which are sending speakers to the show.

Reebok RP Lab Manager Gary Rabinovitz is expected to reveal how the sports brand has been using 3D printing, the organiser said, adding that the company has been utilising additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping for the best part of two decades.

Under Armour Senior Innovation Manager Alan Guyan, the company's 3D printing expert, will likely outline how his firm uses additive manufacturing for advanced sportswear both at the prototype stage and for the final product.

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