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In a recent Chinese Jackie Chan movie, Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan uses the power of 3D printing technology to instantly scan and print an object to help him on his quest.  From this clip, we can imagine the impact that this technology will have on the entire world. While 3D printing has been around for many years, a new revolution has begun in the industry.  If current trends continue, China is set to surpass the US within three years to lead the global 3D printing market.

 

As a pioneering company with a focus on additive manufacturing & 3D printing technology, Yu-link, a financial advisor and industry observer based in Shanghai, has been at the forefront of the industry, assembling industry forums with many of the key players in 3D printing and additive manufacturing in China.

 

Three separate topics were presented at the conference:

 

The new industrial revolution will be the generation of “light”.

 

Xing Fei, vice dean of Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is specialized in developing and researching 3D Printing’s application of lasers and robotics.

 

He says that additive manufacturing allows people to produce personalized products in limited quantities and quickly create prototypes.

 

For the application of lasers, Xing Fei mentioned that the key component of 3D Printing`s innovation is a combination of lasers with a pulsed current. This technology can be used in the production process and after processing. For example, we are able to produce delicate metal parts with the combination of electric spark machining and additive manufacturing.

 

Get your personalized medical treatment with the help of 3D printing technology.

 

Song Chengli, Executive Deputy Director of Shanghai Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapy, shared his opinion of additive manufacturing from the aspect of medical device research and development.

 

He introduced a heart suture medical device as an example of the application of 3D printing in the field of cardiac surgery.  Using the latest technology, they are now able to print a heart model from a CT scan or MRI.  They can then divide the heart model into three pieces for further research.  This technique has been used on a 14 month old patient, after his heart model was printed, the doctors successfully performed an operation that saved his life.

 

What can we do to realize the industrialization of 3D printing?

 

Lian Gang, CEO of Shanghai Forever Tech&D Co., Ltd, a leading company in the 3D printing industry in China, introduced the history of 3D printing`s industrialization.

 

He mentioned that the commercialization of 3D printing technology is less than 20 years old. The long development process is also the growing process of the industry chain.

 

At certain stages in the industry, China was left behind as compared to many developed countries.

 

China is the largest production country, yet not a country of innovation. However, if Chinese people begin to create, develop, and start to pay more attention to create, develop and invent original ideas, the application of 3D printing will be overwhelming.

 

For his company, they focused on importing advanced equipment, creating independent research and development, and then exploiting their own 3D printing equipment. Client service is also very important, providing services such as installation, maintenance, and training support. Through this model, they have received many clients from the automobile industry, as well as home appliances and medical treatment.

 

Important discussions:

 

Q: What changes will the additive manufacturing industry bring to average people?

A: This can be compared to 2D printers. Printing technology is one of the four great inventions of China. It had a big impact on human life and the spread of culture for a long time. After 2D printing technology was invented, printing flies from office and home was easy, and it was impossible before this.  Extending the concept to the three-dimensional world, the application of the technology is more extensive.

 

Q: Another hot topic is the price- can average people afford these incredible machines?

A: The price can be incredibly expensive, yet it can also be affordable for the average consumer.

 

Q: As a representative of the industrial side, do you feel that additive manufacturing technology is disrupting traditional manufacturing?

 

A: It can`t replace the traditional technology, but it has a huge impact on it.

Take Honeywell for example, their major business is in the field of aerospace. The consumption of the global airplane industry isn`t that much, and 3D printing technology can be perfectly applied to this filed, so it saves lot of money and time as compared to the traditional manufacturing method.

 

On the other hand, it’s impossible to replace the current manufacturing business under this situation. The idea of 3D printing is to solve problems that the traditional method can’t solve so that they integrate with each other.

 

Yu-Link is a financial service advisor helping international SMES to expand their business in China. Yu-ink is co-founded by the Shanghai Jiading Industrial Park, the Shenzhen Branch of the China Academy of Science and professional managers.

 

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For the third session of the 3D Printing series, Yu-link featured Irmantas Bortnikas, a technology enthusiast and a 3D Printing evangelist, to share his thoughts on how 3D printing technology would transform the world and how you could be a part of this new and exciting industry.

As a member of the hacker/maker community at XinCheJian here in Shanghai and official community representative for the online global 3D Printing platform 3Dhubs.com, Irmantas is extremely passionate about his mission to build a 3D makers community in Shanghai by connecting professionals from various industries and pushing the limits of 3D technology by spreading the word and informing others of the opportunities that it creates.

The application of 3D Printing technology can be seen in fashion industry, medical industry, architecture industry, etc. Through the examples of 3D Printing products of different areas, Irmantas showed the infinite market opportunities in this disruptive industry, as well as successful case studies and the latest trends.
Our guests represented many different industries, and investors from Citi Capital、Angelchina、and CV Capital were also in attendance.

Of course, the limitations of 3D Printing technology cannot be ignored either. Irmantas had a heated discussion with guests on the limitations, and his desire is to solve these problems by creating a 3D makers community.

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On Dec 19th, Yu-link, along with C3 Café, held a Christmas Party with entrepreneurs and business people from all over the world.

Santa Claus also attended the party and assisted in a lucky draw, giving gifts of wine to the lucky winners.

We also invited the Beer For Books, an organization helping to raise money for the Library Project, a charity building libraries in low-income areas across Asia. In the spirit of giving, C3 donated 10 RMB for every drink purchased.

For more information, please check http://www.library-project.org/.

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On December 17, Yu-link European Business Center held a medical innovation salon, also known as “The Innovation and Future of Medical Industry” – Applications for the 3D Printing Industry. The director of Shanghai Jiading`s dental clinic, a Phd in stomatology, Li Yueling, presented the development and the applications of 3D Printing Technology in stomatology.

3D Printing Technology is also called rapid proto-typing technology. It has been in existence since 1986. In the past, 3D printing was not widely used in stomatology. However, after the technology gained popularity, people realized it could be applied to all kinds of industries. Now, the stomatology field in China is able to print denture bases, resin jaws, as well as teeth, with 3D printing.

The advantage of 3D printing can be seen in the prosthodontics industry. The traditional procedure of prosthodontics is complicated, taking about 2 weeks. There are often many errors in the manufacturing process that need to be repeatedly corrected. Compared to the traditional procedures, 3D printing can shorten the process to 2 hours, saving cost and waste. The accuracy can also satisfy the diverse needs of clients.

It is reported that there are about 10 public hospitals in Shanghai with a prosthodontics facility using 3D printing. For other areas of China, the average number is around 3-4. The national market is huge. However, the current value of 3D Printing is the equipment. In the future, the breakthrough area would be the material and service model.

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