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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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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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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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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With 3D Printing, Fvauz Breaks Free from Design Restrictions

Fauzan Baharudin believes in making a difference to lives. It stems from his constant interest in solving problems and to design solutions with practical and aesthetic value. For this, he turns to 3D printing as “it saves time, money, and effort which he could use to design”. Proud of his First Design Having a creative mind and no background in 3D design, he scoured the internet for easy-to-learn software. His to-go 3D modelling software are Google Sketchup and 123D Design […]

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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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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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