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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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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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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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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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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3D Printed Apparel: Yay or Nay? From Tradition to Technology

When Iris Van Herpen debuted her 3D printed dress at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in 2011, it sparked new trends in the fashion industry, with major designers creating 3D printed geometric cutout gowns, stiff and shiny trims and garments that resemble skeletons and medieval armor. Her 3D printed dress was named one of the year’s best inventions by Time magazine. In Malaysia, Melinda Looi produced Asia’s first fashion show devoted to 3D printed accessories in 2013. The theme of […]

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Jamela Law: Using 3D Printing to Create Fashion Inspired by Nature

The theme for Harper’s Bazaar Art Prize 2017 was “Fashion Meets Art”. Fashion artist Jamela Law took an inspiration from nature, transformed it into fashion and produced it using 3D printing. For that, she was named one of the finalists in the prestigious competition. “My inspiration is the honeycomb, a structure unique to the creative power of bees, says Jamela. “They build strong, systematic and nurturing honeycombed hives, similar to the way humans construct objects for protection, be it clothing […]

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3D Printing Makes it Easier to Customise Jewellery

Manufacturing jewellery by 3D printing is a trend on the rise. By 2020, the market for 3D printed jewellery is expected to reach US$11 billion. However, it is still a small fraction of the US$316 billion industry of 2016[i]. Not all jewellers are embracing 3D printing’s potential with similar levels of enthusiasm. Some have a misconception that technology will take away their jobs, which are based on traditional jewellery crafting. The design world is using 3D printing to create everything […]

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