Jan.3, 2013

3D printing is becoming popular in Tokyo, writes Paul op den Brouw in a recent report issued by NL Agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

At Maker Faire 2012 in Tokyo Yusuke Yumae of HotProceed displayed his Blade-1 3D printer. HotProceed specializes in using 3D printers to make figures, characters, and robot parts and has been selling and supporting 3D printers in Japan for several years.

You can also find there Kenji Ishida and his 3D printed transformer robot humanoid, Tokyo Hackerspace, as well as sessions for RepRap 3D printers.

The Maker Faire 2012 in Tokyo focused on the do-it-yourselfers and professionals who design and make their own products. The "maker" movement in Japan is growing.

According to the report, in recent months, several new workshops were opened in Tokyo. Most are located in Shibuya, one of the most populous part of Tokyo.

Iguazu Corp, a 3D printers destributor opened its 3D showroom CUBE and has equiped with all kinds of devices, such as ProJet HD3500Plus, ProJet1500, V-Flash (manufactured by 3D Systems), 3D TOUCH (manufactured by Bits from Bytes) and bodySCAN 3D scanner (manufactured by breuckmann).

Closeby is FabCafe, owned by Loft Work Inc, a space furnished with a variety of digital fabrication tools, including a laser cutter where people can enjoy making things. Loft Work and Iguazu Corp work also together offering courses to young makers.

Very recently Shibuya studio co-lab opened FabLab Shibuya in the same area. FabLab Shibuya is equiped with laser cutting machines and 3D printers providing support for members' creative activities and digital fabrication.

Harumaki Project Corp. has four offices in Tokyo. These offices are called co-labs and used by creative professionals to make products. The company recently opened a co-factory in Tokyo and their customers include municipal government and private companies.

3D miniatures

The Omote 3-D photo booth opened in the Eye of Gyre exhibition space in the Harujuku district of Tokyo on Nov. 24, 2012 provide visitors 3D printed miniature figurines of themselves. It features a 3D scanner and 3D printer setup that is able to produce three sizes of replicas: S (10 cm), M (15 cm) and L (20 cm) for ¥21,000, ¥32,000 and ¥42,000, respectively. The figure is then carefully painted and will be delivered to the customer within a month.

The Hiro-o Ladies clinic in Tokyo has been working with the 3D printing firm Fasotec to create 3D-printed fetuses, or 'Tensi no Katachi' (Shape of an Angel) to pregnant patients. The product is based on a digital model of the mother's torso built from CT or MRI scans and then gets 3D printed with two resins simultaneously. The fetuses are printed in different shapes, the price is ¥100,000 (about $1,275), including the decorative pink-and-white box.





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