Aug 19, 2015 | By Simon

As we continue to see an increased interest in various additive manufacturing technologies for a variety of applications in a number of industries, it’s no surprise that a number of organizations have taken it upon themselves to better educate consumers and professionals.  

On Tuesday, August 18th, Hong Kong opened up their first “one-stop” 3D printing education and support center which aims to both promote the understanding of and increase the adoption of 3D printing technologies to users in a range of different industry sectors including corporations, professionals, consumers, educators and the general public.  The 3D Printing One facility, which features a range of 3D printing solutions and examples for explaining the wide range of possibilities, allow visitors to experience the 3D printing experience from end-to-end under a single roof - whether they are 8 years old or 80 years old.      

The center, which was established by the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), includes a total of seventeen 3D printers ranging from entry-level desktop models to more robust machines that are commonly used by professionals.  The machines range from those that can produce food products and more typical plastic products to even some of the more modern and advanced machines that are capable of 3D printing metal parts - such as those that have been used in aerospace and car design applications.  The metal-based 3D printer is the only one of its kind in the entire city and will be used to create a number of objects as examples of the capabilities of the 3D printing technology.  

In addition to teaching the general public about 3D printing technologies - and letting them create 3D prints using their own digital files - the center will also offer a series of classes and even an opportunity to receive a certification in 3D printing.  

"In recent years, the rapid development of 3D printing technology and popularization provide new tools for the industry. 3D printing helps enterprise to transfer design concept directly into a prototype, or even as a product to enter the market,” said Chun-ying LEUNG, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the opening ceremony.   

“The technology significantly reduces the development time and cost for developing new products. Productivity Council in recent years has carried out a number of promotional activities associated with the 3D printing technology, actively providing latest information on 3D printing technology and business opportunities."

Additionally, Chun-ying LEUNG emphasized that in order to help promote innovation in the country, the government will also be setting up an “Innovation and Technology Bureau” to help lead the country and its industries into the near future.  Among other reasons, Leung adds that additive manufacturing technologies are helping to shape entirely new careers - including 3D print designers and 3D print home repair masters - and the center will help teach the country’s citizens these important skills.     

The new center is located in the Productivity Building in Kowloon Tong and is open free to the public Mondays through Fridays from 10 AM to 7 PM.  Those interested can find out more by heading over to the Hong Kong Prouctivity Council.   

 

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