Questions at Inside 3D Printing Singapore: Can Additive Manufacturing Take Off in the Manufacturing Sector?

Singapore: The opening of Inside 3D Printing was met with an air of uncertainty. Early visitors queuing for entry blinked their eyes at the booths fronting them as if wondering whether there were any more at the back of the exhibition hall. Exhibitors were subdued and spoke almost in whispers. It was when they were comfortably ensconced in the conference room that things began to move. In the first movement, HP’s Mitchell Beness and his first spotlight was not on […]

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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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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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NTU Singapore and Thai Giant PTTGC to Develop New 3D Printing Materials for Automotive Industry

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) and Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) will collaborate to develop advanced 3D printing materials for the next-generation automotive industry. These new materials can be used to 3D print vehicle components that improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, therefore fostering sustainable growth. The two partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Bangkok, Thailand. NTU’s signatory, Professor Lam Khin Yong, Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), said, “This partnership is very timely, especially when […]

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Oh, What a Lovely, 3D-Printing, Messy Crowd That Was, at the Singapore Maker Faire!

A remote-controlled 3D Printed BB-8 Star Wars robot. Light sabers and alien creatures. A fully-animatronic talking parrot. 3D printed dresses and hoverboards in an online game. These were some of the crowd-drawing exhibits at this year’s Maker Faire Singapore, part of the Singapore Science Festival. Drawing some 15,000 visitors, the four-day event included Maker Faire, the Singapore Maker Extravaganza, the inaugural Maker Conference and Maker Summit, a platform to discuss topics like entrepreneurship, community and technology. For Ginkgo3D, this was […]

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New Tech Taking Away Business From Big 3D Printing Firms

“3D printing will slowly but surely transform the Asian economy,” says Anthony Schiavo from Lux Research, warning that “new challengers are increasingly taking business away from incumbents.” Schiavo made this point at the 3D Additive Manufacturing Seminar organised by SIMTech recently. “Norsk Titanium, for example, has just won a major deal with Boeing to provide printed parts from its novel plasma arc deposition process that uses wire feedstock,” says Schiavo. “This has much more attractive economics than powder-based systems.” Schiavo […]

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3D Metalforge and SIMTech to Develop Large Format LAAM Technology in Singapore

  3D Metalforge has signed a collaboration agreement with SIMTech to develop commercially Singapore’s first large format Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM) technology for 3D printing in industrial applications. Announced at the launch of Singapore’s first end-to-end 3D Metal Additive Manufacturing Centre (AMC), this collaboration is supported and co-funded by NAMIC. The LAAM technology currently has one of the largest print beds available for metal printing, up to 3-4 times larger than the largest powder bed printers currently available on […]

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Virtual Reality, Hoverboards & All That Pizzazz

Project Hex – Gerald Chin’s Final Year Project combines a Personal Mobility Device and a virtual reality game into a sleek and stylish package. The Ginkgo3D team met Gerald Chin in 2015 when he was a third year Product Design undergraduate at NTU. Even then, he displayed an infectious enthusiasm in the design of games and artifacts printed in 3D. (See http://blog.ginkgo3d.com/gerald-chin-rushing-against-time/). We immediately recruited Gerald to be our Designer-For-Hire. Fast forward two years later, and here he is, displaying his […]

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Renata Ferrari & Will Figueira: Saving the Great Barrier Reef, One 3D Print at a Time

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. Two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching is bad news for conservationists because there is no time for the coral to regenerate between bleaching events. However, this has led to heightened awareness and efforts to prevent the death of what is known as the earth’s greatest living organism. At The University of Sydney, researchers Associate Professor Willam Figueira and Dr Renata Ferrari are stepping up efforts to create virtual 3D maps of the […]

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