The TCT Top 20 is closing in 3 days…

Who's the most influential in the AM industry?
The TCT Top 20 — creating arguments and tension since 2012

The TCT Top 20 has been running for a good few weeks now, and as promised I have drawn up a list of some of the nominations (in alphabetical order, rather than number of nominations) that have been received so far.

There is still time to make your choice — it’s very close and any one of the top 7 or 8 nominations could still rise to the top. Here are some of the names in alphabetical order:

Abe Reichental, 3D Systems
Adrian Bowyer, Universtiy of Bath (RepRap Project)
Alice Taylor, MakieLab
Bre Petis, Makerbot
Dr Phil Reeves, Econolyst
Fried Vancraen, Materialise
Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok & President of the AMUG
Lisa Harouni, Digital Forming
Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways
Ping Fu, Geomagic
Professor David Bourell, University of Texas at Austin
Scott Phillips, Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (parent company of Sciaky, Inc.)
Terry Wohlers, Wohlers & Associates

Some familiar names, some names we have never had before. Does this mark a shift in the industry, a shift in the marketing message or a bit of both. This is not the exhaustive list, but it’s very… focussed. If you’re reading this you are interested in AM or 3D printing, so who informs your thinking the most? It could be a blogger, an industry commentator or the head of company. It could be a designer that you think is pushing the boundaries of the technology or an educator who is bringing the technology to the next generation.

To cast your vote please visit the SurveyMonkey page HERE.

The Materialise World Conference: April 18-20 in Leuven, Belgium

Herman van Rumpuy, President of the European Council

Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council

We are on the verge of what many are calling the Industrial Revolution 2.0. During the Materialise World Conference, experts from around the world will be brought together to experience and discuss the technology and solutions that are already starting to make this revolution a reality. During the three-day conference, participants will discuss how they can contribute to a world:

• where designers are empowered to create better products,
• where doctors are empowered to provide better treatment though customized medical solutions,
• where biomedical experts are empowered to take their research to the next level,
• where manufacturers are empowered to better serve and support their customers,
• where consumers are empowered to create something personal through their involvement in the design process.

Specialised tracks will be pursued in the summits below, allowing those present to get the information most relevant to their needs. Each summit will be comprised of smaller, more focused sessions.

The Materialise Automotive Summit (April 18-19): From Vision to Precision

The Materialise Additive Manufacturing Summit (April 18-19): Game Changing in Manufacturing

The Medical Innovation Conference (April 18-20): Engineering on Anatomy

The Research & Technology Track (April 20) : Performance Increases in Metal AMTechnologies

Taking the Podium at the Materialise World Conference
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, will speak on the opening day of the conference. His speech will mark the official opening of Materialise’s third building and will follow a presentation by Materialise’s CEO, Wilfried Vancraen. Both men believe in the power of happiness, with Herman Van Rompuy encouraging world leaders to make happiness and well-being a political priority in 2012 and Wilfried Vancraen working towards a better, healthier, and happier world through Additive Manufacturing.

Presenting a Fashion Show like No Other
The catwalks of Paris, London, and New York may dominate in the world of haute couture, but a special catwalk in Leuven is set to dominate in the world of 3D Printed. 3D Printing has already been turning heads in the fashion world thanks to talents such as Iris van Herpen, but this will be the world’s first show dedicated entirely to this technology. The results promise to be spectacular. Heading down the runway will be 3D printed designs from renowned talents such as Elvis Pompilio, Niccolò Casas, and Daniel Widrig

Please visit http://www.materialise.com/mwc2012 for further information.