TCT Show + Personalize is proud to announce that President of GP Tromans Associates Graham Tromans will be making the journey to the NEC in Birmingham next month to deliver his annual presentation – a talk that is always over-subscribed. Tromans revealed that 2013’s incarnation of his speech is entitled Additive Layer Technologies Technical Briefing and draws on his own observations of the additive manufacturing market and how it has evolved – and how we can learn from the past.
He said: “I started presenting this idea at TCT a few years ago, as I strongly believed that a large number of attendees at the show were new to the industry and as such had very little idea as to what the various processes were capable of doing or what the financial implications were. They spent a lot of time at various vendors’ stands with a limited budget available to them, only to find that the systems they were looking at were completely out of their price range, or were not capable of what they were intending to use them for. This wasted valuable exhibition time for both themselves and vendors.”
His chosen subject means a lot to Tromans personally, as somebody with more than two decades of experience in this field who – like the rest of us – has witnessed the 3D printing boom shake the marketplace to its very foundations in recent years on the back of a wave of media excitement.
“The inclusion of this type of technical briefing is vital to an industry of this type that is getting a lot of media hype at the moment, hopefully educating the audience into the real world of additive manufacturing. As the premier UK show and conference, it is imperative that delegates get this type of education at TCT Show,” the expert stated.
Tromans is also very interested in how the technology will be used by the next generation and believes starting this training and understanding in schools is imperative.
He commented: “Education is very important as far as these technologies are concerned, both in the classroom and in industry itself. As a consultant with 25 years’ experience in running systems and developing applications, a lot of my work is being used by companies globally in educating designers and engineers into how they can apply the technologies for specific applications and which technologies suit their requirements best. The Bright Minds program being run by TCT is also very important as we need to ensure students of all ages understand these technologies, hopefully this will be one of the technology areas that helps lead to more people back into manufacturing in the future.”
When it comes to how additive manufacturing technology is applied across the board in the future, Tromans has high hopes and is looking forward to seeing evidence of this when he browses the stands and sits in on the other speaker sessions at TCT Show.
“Aerospace and automotive applications along with medical applications are some of the most exciting areas at the moment. Aerospace companies in particular are really looking hard at these technologies for future designs,” he said.
Graham Tromans’ first rate expertise in additive manufacturing acknowledges every facet of the industry and he is a TCT Show veteran because he knows which issues need addressing. Tromans will be taking to the stage on the morning of Wednesday September 25th.
TCT Show + Personalize will take place 25-26 September 2013, Hall 3/3a, NEC, Birmingham, UK
Graham Tromans has direct experience of working with additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for more than 23 years and has gained an unprecedented level expertise when it comes to working with real AM applications. Graham has been involved with AM technologies since 1989 when he was responsible for the development and technology application acceptance within Rover Group. Since then, Graham has worked with companies such as BMW, Aston Martin, Boeing, British Aerospace, Rolls Royce and Perkins Engines. In addition, he managed the setup of a new rapid prototyping facility for Land Rover and was an advisor to Jaguar Cars in the setting up of its on-site rapid prototyping facility. In 2007 Graham became a Master-Level Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder, which was presented by the SME, USA. Graham is the first and only person to be presented with this award in the UK. Graham currently advises a number of industry associations and media/event outlets, including chairing the Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Steering Committee; as a member of the SME-RAPID conference Event Advisors Board in the USA and as an Editorial Advisory Board member for TCT Magazine. He was also ranked in the Top 25 In The World’s most influential people in Additive Manufacturing in TCT Magazine’s readers’ survey in 2007 and 2012.
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