The TCT Awards is an annual celebration of outstanding innovations and applications of 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing technologies from across the globe. Launched in 2017, the awards celebrate the innovative hardware, software, materials and post-processing technologies that have been developed over the past year. Additionally commended are the incredible applications of these technologies across industry verticals including aerospace, defence, automotive, rail, consumer products, industrial products, healthcare and the creative industries.

The Awards also celebrate the people behind the technologies with the prestigious TCT Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognises those individuals who have had a significant and long-term impact on the additive manufacturing industry, and been pivotal to its growth and success.

Alongside the Hall of Fame, each year TCT Awards collaborate with Women in 3D Printing for the TCT Wi3DP Innovator Award, which shines a spotlight on female engineers, researchers and industry pioneers who are paving the way for women and girls in the additive manufacturing sector.

The awards culminate in a dazzling ceremony for a night of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Excellence, bringing together the best of the industry to share in these amazing achievements.


For 30 years the TCT Group has curated the leading UK event in the drive to increase awareness and adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology.

Our origins stretch back to 1992, when a newsletter grew to become Rapid News: The Magazine of the Rapid Prototyping and Tooling Industry. Just four years later we hosted our first live event, the Time-Compression Technologies ’96 Conference, and in 1997 we adopted the name Time-Compression Technologies – TCT for short!

Fast-forward to 2011 and our UK event found a home at the NEC, Birmingham which is where you will find us on 5-6 June 2024 for our 27th edition.

Today, TCT 3Sixty is the flagship event of the TCT Group, a leading authority in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology across the globe.


Rapid News Publications Ltd, the owner of the TCT Group, has been a leading authority in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology for 30 years.

A rich mix of live events and an all-encompassing media portfolio enables us to deliver business critical intelligence, connecting the additive community across Europe, North America and Asia.

By focusing on cutting-edge applications, expert analysis and commentary, we help designers, engineers and buyers evaluate, adopt and optimise their additive requirements.

Our mission goes beyond simply raising awareness; it is focused on developing a 360-degree understanding of the potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology to increase utilisation at all stages of design, engineering and manufacturing.