TCT Award Categories 2019

After receiving feedback from the 2018 TCT Awards we have recognised the need for two metrology/inspection categories. We believe that the new additions to the TCT Awards categories address the collection of entries from 2018, which were entered into a broader metrology category and duly deserve recognition in their own right.

Therefore, the new categories for 2019 are:

TCT Inspex Application Award

TCT Inspex Hardware Award

Submissions are now closed 

TCT Aerospace Application Award 2019

Innovations and developments in the aerospace industry are renowned for ultimately benefitting all other engineering industries - from developing new and ground-breaking materials, to advanced electronics and automation. It is therefore unsurprising that the aerospace industry has been a key adopter of 3D technologies, and we are excited to see what pioneering applications have been released this year.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Automotive Application Award 2019

The automotive industry has benefited from additive manufacturing since its birth over 30 years ago. As one of the first industries to adopt 3D technologies, the industry has integrated them into its design and development phases as well as growing their use in the manufacturing phase. We are interested to discover the most recent advancements to this application.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Creative Application Award 2019

The film, theatre, art, architecture and jewellery industries all have one thing in common – they take a creative vision and turn it into a physical realisation. As such it is one of the most fascinating areas of innovation in 3D technologies. We are excited to see where this industry can push the boundaries in using the technologies in the creative arena. 

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of uniqueness and originality; public response and critical reception; business potential; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2019

We use consumer products every day, often taking for granted their impact on our daily lives. Behind each of those products is a product designer – designing the look, feel, function and production route of these products.  The use of 3D technologies in the life of a product designer has increased 10-fold over the past few years, and as the adoption increases, so do the innovations. So which application is the most innovative for 2019?

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Hardware Award 2019 – Polymer systems

The Hardware awards celebrate the very best of the enabling technologies themselves, and are split into two distinct areas, the first of which is polymer systems. We are looking for 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies which push the boundaries of polymer processing, bringing innovative improvements or entirely new technologies to the table.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Hardware Award 2019 – Non-polymer systems

The Hardware awards celebrate the very best of the enabling technologies themselves, and are split into two distinct areas, the second of which is non-polymer systems. This could include metals, ceramics, composites, biomaterials or any other material that is not solely a polymer.  We are looking for innovations which push the boundaries of current established systems.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Healthcare Application Award 2019

Healthcare is one of the most rewarding industries to be involved with, and the use of 3D technologies in this arena couldn’t be more fitting.  The ability to create bespoke, one-off parts from scanned data is perhaps more suited to this industry than any other. With the ever-evolving development of new materials, software and hardware, it is no wonder that this industry grasps the benefits of these technologies – and we can’t wait to see what innovative applications have been launched this year.  

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; lifesaving or life improvement; cost reduction for healthcare providers; faster time to market; originality of therapy; improved fitness for purpose; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Industrial Product Application Award 2019

Industrial products work behind the scenes to keep our industries working. Whether it be factory automation equipment, farming tools or material handling machines, there is little that is not touched by an industrial designer.  3D technologies are being increasingly adopted by this sector to drive unique developments, but which are the most innovative for 2019?

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of design innovation; faster time-to-market; part consolidation; reduced costs; improved fitness for purpose; positive environmental impacts; opening new business sectors/opportunities; job and wealth creation; social impact; educational impact; collaborations; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Collaborative partners. 

TCT Inspex Application Award 2019

If you can’t measure it, you can’t make it — a fact that is as true for additive manufacturing and 3D printing as it is for milling, moulding and other conventional manufacturing techniques. The Inspex Application Award seeks to commend the most significant case study in the field of metrology and inspection.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Inspex Hardware Award 2019


Inspection and metrology technologies ensure that parts and products are fit for purpose. Innovation often happens in this space at incremental levels but breakthroughs in ease-of-use, portability and accuracy are constant. This award seeks to commend the quest for absolute accuracy, which comes in many technological guises including 3D scanning, CMMs, and measuring arms.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Materials Award 2019 - Polymers

3d printing and additive manufacturing processes would not succeed but for the development of appropriate materials for the job.  Though often underappreciated, the amount of science and innovation which goes into the development of materials for these processes can be overwhelming.  We would like to celebrate advancements in these materials in 2 different awards – the first being polymers.  

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Materials Award 2019 – Non-polymers

3d printing and additive manufacturing processes would not succeed but for the development of appropriate materials for the job.  Though often underappreciated, the amount of science and innovation which goes into the development of materials for these processes can be overwhelming.  We would like to celebrate advancements in these materials in 2 different awards – the second being non-polymers – be it metals, ceramics, composites, biomaterials or any other material that is not solely a polymer.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Post-Processing Award 2019

The post processing award aims to celebrate the technologies which add the final touches to the 3d printing/additive manufacturing process chain.  The often essential processes which impart material properties and surface finishes to a 3D printed or additively manufactured part.  We are excited to commend new innovations in post processing technology.

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; improved fitness for purpose; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.

TCT Rising Star Award 2019

As the industry grows there are numerous newcomers bringing fresh innovations to the table. From hardware start-ups, material developers and software companies to companies with new and exciting applications for the technology.  Which of these industry entrants has gone above and beyond to deserve this year’s TCT Rising Star 2019? 

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of proven impact; uniqueness and originality; value added; potential for further growth.

Who should apply? Individual Companies 

TCT Software Award 2019

3D technologies are only as good as the software which links them.  The development of specialist software to process, validate and control the systems can mean the difference between a fantastic system and a dud.  This award celebrates innovations in any software which impacts product development using 3D technologies from the design phase through to manufacture and end of life.  

This category is now closed

Judges will be assessing evidence of true uniqueness and originality; cost and time benefits; material processing benefits; new business facilitation; accessibility / ease-of-use; adaptability; integration into existing workflows; potential future impact.

Who should apply? Individual Companies or Collaborative partners.