A Defining Moment & Show of Force at NAMIC Emerging Applications Summit

The Singapore Army turned up in force at NAMIC’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) Summit recently, adding a dash of colour and vitality to the event and stealing the show from luminaries from around the world with their signing of an MOU with the hosts. “The MOU will allow SAF to leverage on NAMIC’s 3D printing technology for rapid in-house prototyping of parts for military use, as well as gain access to its extensive network of research and industry partners. We will […]

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Opportunities – How To Use AM For Manufacturing Success

There are four tactical paths to deploying Additive Manufacturing into your design, production and delivery process. Here is how you can do it. When Additive Manufacturing (AM) – also known as 3D printing –  was first introduced in the 1980s, it was the stuff of science fiction and fantasy and Hollywood pictured its variants subsequently in movies ranging from Darkman to The Fifth Element and Jurassic Park. During the Industrial Revolution of the late 1700s, artisan production was replaced by large-scale […]

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5 Ways 3D Printing Helps With Investment Casting

Investment casting is one of the oldest manufacturing methods available, developed over 5500 years ago in Egypt and China and is still commonly used to create metal pieces today. 3D printing has complemented it well, proving that even reliable, time-tested techniques can benefit from new technology. Common parts manufactured by this process include dental fixtures, gears, cams, ratchets, jewellery, turbine blades, machinery components and other parts of complex geometry. Investment casting is precise, but it is also time consuming and […]

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Project: Generation – Ginkgo3D’s First Young Student Designer Award

Meet the Designer Graduating soon from Raffles Design Institute, Jia Yin is a keen jewellery designer. She is also recognised as the first “Young Student Designer” on Ginkgo3D and one of the three winners of the Raffles x Ginkgo3D Design Contest 2017. At the age of 20, she has already made countless beautiful jewellery pieces, and has now ventured into making jewellery using 3D Printing. Her hobbies include playing the guzheng, sports, music, travel, and reading. This is her project: Project: Generation Family treasures and well-preserved antiques form […]

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Transform into Smart Factories, or Risk Becoming Redundant

Automation of manufacturing processes, higher level of internet connectivity and use of big data analytics will turn many operations into ‘smart’ factories with higher productivity, greater reliability and customisation. Businesses who fail to embrace this transformation may risk being disrupted or made redundant in the current regional and global landscape. This was the message at the Future of Manufacturing: Digital Transformation conference. There was a heavy focus on smart factories and streamlining design and production. Companies were urged to transform […]

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Star Designers to Speak at NAMIC’s 4th AM Summit

If you are attending the NAMIC AM Series’ Emerging Applications Summit, watch out for star speakers Lionel T Dean and Chris Lefteri. Internationally acclaimed 3D printing pioneer and Product Artist Lionel Dean’s keynote speech will explore the issues that surround a paradigm shift in consumerism and how we can better understand the capabilities and commercial progress of AM. He will also touch on the ways it is opening new applications and markets, and the implications for designers and creative ownership, […]

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Pets Getting Miniaturised as 3D Printed Figurines

Pet lovers – you may have seen the trend of pet owners in US, Europe and Japan posting pictures of their miniature pet figurines on social media. Now you can rejoice and get a 3D printed figurine of your beloved pet for yourself. Animal Arts Academy is bringing this trend to Singapore. For some time, the figurine of a toy poodle on display in their Academy has attracted much attention from their customers, who found it interesting and expressed interest […]

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Make Your Corporate Gifts Special with 3D Printing

This article continues from ‘The Art of Corporate Gifts‘. Humans are hardwired to make others feel special through something that is personal, tangible and unexpected. Corporate end-buyers routinely look for gift items that are attractive, durable or useful, in addition to having the company’s logo prominently placed on the item or packaging. To add value, you need to focus more on presenting solutions that allow personalisation. And here’s how 3D printing comes into play. 3D print your way to unique gifts […]

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The Art of Corporate Gift Giving

  Corporate gifts should create value, rather than simply reducing the cost by mass production. Today’s gift market is changing to a consultant-driven approach where professional consultants will curate a whole-year-round gift solution for clients to align with the client’s overall marketing strategy. This includes proposals, gift design and packaging. There is a shift from practical and economical gifts such as pens and notebooks to small batches of customised items, often focused on brand value. “Giving gift is all about […]

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Wonder Material Graphene and Its Impact on 3D Printing

Graphene has been described as a ‘wonder material’ and it’s easy to see why. Graphene has caught the attention of scientists and researchers throughout the world. It’s set to change the future of various industries, including 3D printing, energy storage, wearable tech and many more. The Discovery of Graphene There have been many attempts to extract Graphene from graphite for years, with many experiments failing to do so. Fortunately, scientists Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov of […]

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