10 must-attend events for UK CAD users

Looking for educational and inspiring events in the UK? We’ve compiled a list of 10 conferences, tradeshows and workshops for engineers, designers and CAD users.


30th September – 1st October: TCT show + personalize at the NEC, Birmingham

If you’re an expert industrial user, a professional looking for the innovative next thing or a cutting-edge consumer who wants to learn more about 3D printing and manufacturing, this may be the right event for you. This event has the largest dedicated collection of additive technologies on the show floor, with a free-to-attend conference and seminar sessions.



21-22nd October 2015: Engineering Design show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Launched just three years ago, the Engineering Design show has grown in size and numbers. Offering a conference and workshop sessions, it’s now an established event where design engineers, CAD and product designers and all aspects of design management professionals will be in attendance.



4-5th November 2015: The Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC, Birmingham

This composite show exhibits in multiple zones and is the UK’s largest annual advanced engineering trade show & conference. This must-attend event is free to attend and offers somewhere the supply chain can meet with visiting engineering & procurement decision makers from a variety of industries such as: aerospace; automotive; motorsport; marine, civil engineering and more.



9-11th February 2016: The Surface Design show at the Business Design Centre, London

“If you are an architect, designer, buyer, specifier or decision maker this is THE must-attend Show.”

Billed as a “Playground for Designers”, this 3 day show is an opportunity to meet buyers and find out the latest and most inspiring internal and external surface materials and architectural designs. There are a series of evening presentations that take place throughout the year.



31st March 2016: Develop3D Live at the University of Warwick

Develpp3D Live is one of the biggest, free, events in Europe which not only covers CAD, but CAM, PLM, CAE and rendering. It’s organised by the innovative Develop3D magazine; prestigious in the CAD world. The event is held at Warwick University and attracts many top engineers and designers from a variety of industries.


7th April 2016: The Engineering Simulation Show at the Roundhouse, Derby

The Engineering Simulation Show 2015 brings together the foremost products and services from within the engineering simulation field with senior decision makers and users from across the global engineering industry.



May 2016: Product innovation and design conference in London

Celebrating its fifth year, PD+I is a place for the design community to meet and discuss innovation. In past years, PD+I has attracted big name speakers including Robert Brunner, Richard Seymour and Sir John Hegarty. It also attracts well-known brands and design innovators from a variety of industries.



25-26th May 2016: The International 3D Print Education Show in London

This three year old, global show brings 3D printing to the fore; it’s the first dedicated 3D printing event anywhere in the world. This is more than just a trade show, it brings the big players in from across the 3D printing network. It’s a chance to mingle with engineers and products designers, as well as the makers and customers.


7-9th June 2016: The Engineer and Design Innovation Show at the NEC Birmingham

This event was co-hosted with both Subcon and Advanced Manufacturing in 2015, providing visitors with everything a design engineer needs to take a product from concept through to market. This event is visited by suppliers and provides a look at pioneering technology. It’s inspiring conference sessions make it a must-attend event for the international engineering design community.



6-7th July 2016: Manufacturing and Engineering North East at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

The Manufacturing and Engineering North East show was championed in 2015 as a platform from which to build on the successes of the North East’s industrial heritage. You can expect to see more than 1,300 professionals, from CAD and design management, manufacturing, production and engineering. There’s an interesting mix of keynote speakers and workshop sessions. This isn’t one to be missed!



Which of these events will you be attending? And have we missed any off the list? Please let us know in the comments.

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