So much of our connected living room today bears the label ‘Made in China’. 3D printing has been heralded as a way to democratise the world’s manufacturing lines, offering us to be able to fabricate what we need locally. With the huge amount of FDM printers flooding the market and more to come as Patents for FDM and SLS expire, we would see a huge amount of Chinese players offering you the 3D printer that finally lands on your workbench.
Beijing based trade association plans to build 10 innovation centers for 3D printing (pronounced like “san D da eeng” in Chinese) technology in 10 cities in China in the near future, with a planned investment of 20 million yuan ($3.3 million) for each center. The centers mainly aim to serve manufacturers, and the AMA is calling for fiscal policy support from the government.
Recently, Chinese astronauts sat in 3D-printed seats on their historic space flight. Each printed seat was tailored specially for that particular astronaut’s unique size and shape. On the industrial front, China is now home to seven 3D printer manufacturers, including a consumer-level model called the UP!. And, United States-based Stratasys (the largest 3D printer company in the world) employs about 150 employees in its Hong Kong office and plans to open an office in Beijing. – See more also at LiveScience insights