3D printing technology has allowed for developments in the manufacturing of products, with some products becoming cheaper as a result. While there hasn’t been a reduction in the cost of dental implants everywhere, it has made them a bit more accessible.
The 3D printing-centric TCT Show recently opened in autumn of 2019, showing off the latest in 3D printing technology, from 300 companies from all over the world. Held in the UK, it’s a chance for companies in the 3D printing Industry to not only show off what they’ve done to improve the industry, or at least cut the cost of dental implants, or the like, but also snag some valuable human resources.
Notably, TCT 2019 had a particularly high number of presentations, including those from research institutes and universities. University of Birmingham’s Dr. MoatazAttalah, AMPLab, even led a tour of the scientific projects that his team was working work, which included things like exotic smart materials, 3D printing tungsten for use in the nuclear industry, and ideas for medical implants that regularly administer needed drugs to the implantee.
Wolfmet 3D also brought a few of their tungsten prints to the show. The company is noted for their 3D printed collimators which allow for improved imaging for patients, particularly for cancer treatment patients.
The TCT Summit was hosted by Todd Grimm for 3 days, even taking the spotlight for a keynote one night. Several key points from his speeches included prioritizing studying alternatives and exploring options when dealing with 3D printing. Grimm says that, with 3D printing being the industry that it is, it’s important to look past marketing buzzwords like “industrial grade”, which are more declarations of intention, rather than actual qualifications.
Overall, the TCT Summit shows that the 3D printing industry and its teams are working hard on developing new innovations. The summit itself is the opens the AP expo season, which happens during every autumn.
The notable thing is that smaller AM companies are now acting out, and reaching out to people, particularly towards more educated end-users who’re less likely to fall for the common scattergun tactics, and marketing buzzwords.