This year, CREATE Education was proud to raise the bar of Inspired Minds at the 2019 TCT Show, supported by partners Autodesk, Filamentive, HP, Knowledge Point, Print Lab and Ultimaker.

The TCT Show is one of the world’s leading events for design-to-manufacturing innovation, concentrating on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, design (CAD/CAE/CAM/PLM software), materials metrology and engineering technology.

The pace of development in technology, materials and software is unimaginable, with over 300 pioneering exhibitors and more than 10,000 professionals from product development, engineering and manufacturing fields in attendance.

This was the perfect place for school children to get a taste of this game-changing technology. Taking place over 3 days in September, we invited over 123 students from 8 schools; East Barnett School, Ribblesdale High School, Penketh High School, Beaumont Collegiate Academy, Westholme School, Baines School, Belmont School and Cowley International College.

The experience focused on giving students an introduction to the skill sets needed for additive manufacturing along with the chance to hear from, and ask questions to leading experts who are using the technology within their respective fields.

A Closer Look…

Inspired Minds Panel

Talks from 41 inspirational figures in the industry, (from the likes of Rolls Royce, RS Components, and Barclays Eagle Labs), education, making and digital creative backgrounds. Facilitated by Andrew Allshorn, giving students the opportunity to learn about the most innovative new technology in the industry. Then the tables turned as the students challenged the Panel, posing their own questions to the experts. The view to inspire the pupils to take an interest in STEAM careers, learn about the opportunities available and to find out more about how additive manufacturing and 3D Printing can impact various career paths.

Inspired Minds Classroom

Led by Autodesk trained instructors, this component provided an introduction to CAD design skills using Autodesk Fusion 360. The students were set a challenge to design and model a personalised wrench to a defined specification, before learning how to slice and 3D print their models using Ultimaker 3D printing equipment.

Inspired Minds Technology Trail

The self-guided tour of the show gave students a taste of the real thing and learn for themselves about different applications and careers within the industry, looking around having the opportunity to see the latest innovations in the design-manufacturing world, connecting and interacting with over 300 exhibitors, including the 15 exhibitors, that helped out in the trail:

  • RPS, 
  • Central Scanning Ltd, 
  • Kora3D, 
  • 3D Systems, 
  • Ultimaker, 
  • Formlabs, 
  • Digits2Widgets, 
  • Makerbot, 
  • Envisiontec, 
  • Raise 3D, 
  • Cookson Gold, 
  • 3DGBIRE, 
  • Photocentric, 
  • nTopology, 
  • Oxmet Technologies.

A few words from our schools:


Mr B Cropper, Baines School.

“I just wanted to say how amazing the whole event was! Our pupils were buzzing on the way home, and we all agreed that we could have easily spent a couple more hours looking around the exhibitors in the afternoon!

The Fusion 3D workshop has created a lot of interest (two students have downloaded the software at home), and it was perfectly paced to allow all the pupils access to the software and achieve their final outcome.

The Q&A panel was very good: really useful for the pupils to hear the direction and application of additive manufacture in industry!

Thanks for all your efforts in getting us to the day! All the pupils had a great time, and we had a minibus full of ideas on the way home!

Mr J Walker, Westholme School.

The TCT event was brilliant, the students really enjoyed themselves, received a lot of positive feedback from students and parents. Students have asked can they visit again next year!

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