Category Archives: Asia

Shining 3D: The Leading DigiCal Company with a Vision and Big US Ambitions

By Samuel Adams

Shining 3D: The Only Listed  Chinese DigiCal Company
Started in 2004, Shining 3D is a well-established and innovative manufacturer of industrial 3D scanners. The company, based in Hangzhou, China, has been listed on the Chinese OTC market since August 2014 under the stock code 830978. In this same year, Shining 3D completed its offering with the Einscan-S, an affordable 3D scanner at under $1000 USD. To reach out to its new market, it decided to run a Kickstarter campaign, which went very well.…

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eSUN Gains Approval for New OTC Trading in China

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Chinese filament maker eSUN has become a popular filament, partially for the great prices the brand offers, but, before it was a filament manufacturer, Shenzhen Esun Industrial Co., Ltd. was producing materials more generally.  Founded in 2002, the company manufactured what they consider environmentally friendly materials for the industrial market, jumping into the 3D printing space in 2007 with their own brand of filaments. Now, the material maker is ready to make the big leap into the stock market, gaining admission from China’s NEEAQ (National Equities Exchange and Quotations) to the New OTC Market on February 23, 2016.…

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3D Printer Review: Are 3rd-Party Filaments a Party with the da Vinci 1.0 Pro?

By Tyler Koslow

When I found out I’d be reviewing XYZprinting’s da Vinci Pro 1.0 a few months ago, I was quite excited to see just how well the company’s first-ever 3D printer with an open filament system would function. I had first seen the da Vinci Pro briefly at an XYZprinting demo that I reported on back in October of last year and, at first glance, the da Vinci Pro definitely seemed like a bargain in my eyes (priced at just $699). When I finally got my hands on it, it was time to put that first impression to the test, and so, I unpacked the Pro and decided to get started right away.…

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XYZprinting Releases Flexible 3D Printing Filaments

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Despite the amazing price point of XYZprinting’s 3D printers, most Makers are more concerned with the Taiwanese brand’s filament situation.  Following the 2D printer industry’s razor-and-blade model, XYZprinting offers proprietary filament cartridges for its line of FFF 3D printers only swaying from the path to allow their da Vinci Pro system to accept third party filaments.
One of the biggest appeals of third party offerings is the vast supply of exotic and industrial filaments that greatly open up the range of applications for desktop 3D printing. …

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IBM Watson to Power Real VR Version of Sword Art Online

By Michael Molitch-Hou

What if your favorite anime about a massive online VR game became an actual massive online VR game? Then I would guess your favorite anime to be Sword Art Online because IBM has just sponsored a project to turn the popular series into a VR game. And it’s going to be powered by their Watson super computer.

The story of Sword Art Online surrounds a VR massive multiplayer online role-playing game launched in the not-to-distant future. Using the NerveGear headset, the user’s five senses are stimulated directly from their brain, giving them a vivid gaming experience and the ability to control their players.…

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Korea’s Rokit Blasts off into Bioprinting with New Bioprinter

By Tyler Koslow

3D printer manufacturer Rokit has been a constant innovator in the South Korean 3D printing market, but most of their printers up until now have been more traditional and consumer-grade systems. But after getting a nice boost in the form of a $3 million grant from their government last year, it was revealed that they had begun working to
develop an in-situ bioprinting system for skin regeneration. That research has just been actualized with the release of the Edison Invivo, Rokit’s new tissue engineering and bio-medical research 3D printer.…

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CTC Electronic Co. Announces Its First Industrial 3D Printer

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co. has quickly grown from a manufacturer of 2D printers to FDM 3D printers to a producer of a wide variety of 3D printing technologies.  With the opening of a large-scale factory and an office in London, the Chinese company seems to have its eyes set on taking over the industry with its low-cost 3D printers.  Now, CTC is following up its 4-in-1 hybrid machine and affordable SLA printer with their first industrial machine, the Riverbase 500.
CTC Riverbase 500 (PRNewsFoto/Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co., Ltd)
The $86,000 Riverbase 500 is an industrial SLA machine that relies on laser galvanometer scanning, the same process that many SLA and SLS machines use, in which a mirror bounces the laser onto the print area instead of relying on movement by the laser itself.…

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Singapore Makes Plans to 3D Print Public Housing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

In a world of economic scarcity, public housing has become essential for sheltering our species’ most vulnerable populations. Interestingly, the island city-state of Sinagpore having a unique approach to public housing, with 80% of the resident population living in government buildings and, more than that, the small nation implemented some housing practices that the United States has sometimes been too afraid to tackle when it comes to public housing: socioeconomically integrated public developments. Now, Singapore is moving beyond these important strategies to novel methods of construction, namely 3D printing.…

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The 3D Printed Mechanical Chameleon that Knows When to Go Camo

By Tyler Koslow

It seems that some pretty cool news snuck by most of the world last month in the scientific journal ACS Nano. Perhaps it’s because it involves an actual camouflaging mechanical chameleon!

The research, which was conducted by a collaborative team from China’s Wuhan University and the Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology, was aimed at reaching ‘optical invisibility’ by covering a 3D printed chameleon model in a plasmonic display. What these plasmons (aka ripples of electrons) allow for is real-time light manipulation that adapts to the color of the surrounding environment.…

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Sentrol Goes to Tokyo with Sand & Metal 3D Printing in Tow

By Mark Lee

While 3D printing was a bit slow getting off the blocks here in Asia, things have certainly improved in the past couple of years. Governments and businesses are becoming aware of the advantages that additive manufacturing offers, consumers are becoming more and more curious, and conferences and shows are becoming more common.
Sentrol’s booth at 3D Printing 2016
This past week there was another show in Tokyo, Japan. The “3D Printing 2016 Additive Manufacturing Technology Exhibition” was organized by the ICS Convention Design and the Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative (NBCI).…

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