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3D Printing Innovation Centers in China
Investments in 3D printing innovation are increasing. President Obama last week announced a $200 million program to develop 3D printing institutes. Now a Chinese group plans to build 10 innovation centers focused on 3D printing.
Luo Jun, CEO of the Asian Manufacturing Association (AMA) and executive secretary-general of the China 3D Printing Technology Industry Alliance, told the Global Times ”Over the past 30 years, 3D printing technology has already been applied in the aerospace, automotive and biomedical industries, and now the conditions are ripe for it to scale up.”
Although 3D printing can create complex designs, it cannot compete today with the cost efficiences of traditional manufacturing. The innovation centers are therefore looking to develop complementary manufacturing processes.
The alliance will build 10 innovation centers at a cost of 20 million yuan ($3.3 million) for each.
“China can consider developing an industry-led strategic transformation plan to focus on technological innovation and differentiation. It can enact policies that bring in capital and technology-intensive industries from developed countries and it should work on improving how to utilize innovations imported from other countries,” Ricky Tung, co-leader of the Manufacturing Industry Group at auditing and consulting firm Deloitte China, told the Global Times. ”Going forward, (China) should continue to improve incentive mechanisms to cultivate technical leaders and promote deeper cooperation between enterprises and academic institutions,” said Tung.
Via Global Times.
Photo by TechYizu used under Creative Commons license.
Mega Deletes 3D Printing Gun Plans
Kim Dotcom, the Internet entrepreneur and convicted cyber-criminal behind Megaupload and now Mega does not want to support 3D printed guns.
While reports came out that the US Government has removed the files from DEFCAD and whether international arms control laws may have been broken, Kim Dotcom instructed his company to delete the uploaded plans for the “Liberator”, Cody Wilson’s 3D printed gun.
Via Newstalk ZB.
Kim Dotcom photo by sam_churchill used under Creative Commons license.
3D Printing News
A roundup of the top 3D printing news from May 7 to May 11:
Tuesday, May 7
- 3DLT Launches at TechCrunch Disrupt After Challenging Past
- Video: Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed Launches 3D Printed Gun
Thursday, May 9
Saturday, May 11
President Obama Sees 3D Printed Future
The White House has announced a new program to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes, funding it with $200 million from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. 3D printing is a key focus of the program.
Back in February, Obama called 3D printing a “revolutionary” technology in his State of the Union address, describing NAMII, the recipient of a $30 million Federal grant as “a once-shuttered warehouse [and] now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”
Why 3D Printing?
In the White House press release, some example uses of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, are presented.
The Department of Defense envisions customizing parts on site for operational systems that would otherwise be expensive to make or ship. The Department of Energy anticipates that additive processes would be able to save more than 50% energy use compared to today’s ‘subtractive’ manufacturing processes.
Read the full announcement at whitehouse.gov.