Jul 28, 2017 | By Julia

Chinese tech company HeyGears Technology will reportedly be spending one billion RMB (~$148M) to establish a new 3D printing research facility. The new 3D printing center, ultimately aimed at advancing China’s national 3D printing industry, will be located in Foshan, a city in China’s Guangdong province.

Since its founding in 2015, Guangzhou-based company HeyGears Technology Ltd. has dedicated itself to the development of intelligent wearables, with a specialty in audio devices such as earbuds and earphones. The company, which already uses 3D printing technologies in its research and development, is seeking to expand its additive manufacturing capabilities with the announcement of its new 3D printing facility.

Within China, 3D printing has been highlighted as an important technology of the future, and is a key part of the government-led Made in China 2025 strategy, a large-scale plan to upgrade Chinese industry through intelligent manufacturing. According to HeyGears Technology, it is in a prime position to exploit 3D printing for its smart wearable development and production.

The 1 billion RMB 3D printing R&D facility will consist of three main sections: an international training and education base for 3D printing; an international 3D printing research and development center; and an international 3D printing production service center. The latter will reportedly include such tasks as talent cultivation, product development, CNC production, 3D printing production, and more.

Together, the three centers that will make up HeyGears’ 3D printing facility will enable the company to accelerate its adoption of 3D printing for its smart wearable products. On a larger scale, it is aimed at laying the foundation for the development of China’s 3D printing industry.

As the company explained, as 3D printing’s popularity increases and its applications grow, there will be a need for more advanced printing technologies as well as more machines and practitioners. By establishing a state-of-the-art 3D printing research and development center, HeyGears believes it will have a “solid foundation” to support the increased adoption of additive manufacturing.

Currently, HeyGears Technology uses 3D printing technology to produce its “Enron” headphones, which integrate a hollow 3D printed headphone cavity. The company says this product is its first to be mass produced using 3D printing technology.

In addition to bolstering China’s 3D printing industry, HeyGears hopes its new 3D printing center will help to establish connections between domestic and international research initiatives. As part of this effort, HeyGears’ founders say they will introduce “international elite schools” aimed at bringing foreign technology into China, all with the goal of using additive manufacturing for mass production.

The 3D printing R&D center will also undertake research in the field of 3D printing materials. HeyGears says it plans to introduce a 3D printing materials business, and establish a materials supply system. Its goal is to offer the whole industry chain, from design to production.



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