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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Adidas Racing For Market Supremacy with 3D-Printed Shoes

Sportswear giant Adidas has just released a salvo of 5,000 pairs of 3D-printed Futurecraft 4D shoes into the market, igniting a race to lead the next trend of customised and personalised sports shoes for everyone. Using the Carbon 3D printing DLS technology, each pair of shoes is individually customised to conform to the unique characteristics of the user’s feet. From collaborations involving big-name shoe manufacturers such as Nike and New Balance to crowdfunded footwear from Wiivv and OLT Footcare, 3D […]

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NTU Research Team Confirms Durability of 4D Printed Objects

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University Singapore have proven the durability of 4D printed structures. 4D printing relates to objects that can adapt over time once they have been 3D printed. These structures rely on shape memory polymers that are able to transform into a certain shape. ​In a new study, the team evaluated the performance of these structures. According to them, high shape fixity, shape recovery, and “prolonged shape memory cycle life” are desirable aspects of 4D printed parts; however, the durability […]

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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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Two Professors Use Tetrahedral Installation to Light Up Marina Bay

A luminous tetrahedral mesh spanning 10 metres, (Ultra) Light Network is the latest 3D printed innovation achieved by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Assistant Professors Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon. Displayed at this year’s iLight Marina Bay in Singapore, the interactive light sculpture is an exploration of how full-scale 3D printed components can create a system to “address not only structural requirements but also power transmission, and information communication within a seamless and continuous aesthetic.” The annual light […]

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Mystique & Magnificence in a 3D Architectural Model Workshop

Entering Eric Tan’s architectural model workshop is like entering into a fantasy world of mystique and magnificence. All around the worktables are mosques, mosques and more mosques in various stages of completion. Next to these sculptural pieces, the other models of flats, condominiums and urban planning projects seem to pale in comparison. The reason for all this activity is that his company AnneSing Pte Ltd is preparing models for an Islamic museum in a nearby country that will open in […]

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Hollywood Gearing Up on the 3D-Printing Craze

3D printing is now changing the film industry in a manner that hasn’t been done since the introduction of computer-generated imagery. Studios and special effects experts are now utilising 3D printing to produce everything from concept models to scaled and full-size props, set-pieces, and costumes. These computer-generated designs are literally brought to life, bringing fantasy much closer to reality. In a business where every product is custom and unprecedented, 3D printing offers quick, agile fabrication. Effects studios, filmmakers and game […]

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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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