By DE Editors
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) (Tainan, Taiwan) has developed a prototype of a 3D printer. The 3D printer has been developed by the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), led by the Distinguished Professor Sen-Yung Lee under the funding from the Technology Development Program for Academia (TDPA). Managed by the Ministry of Economic Affair (MOEA), the TDPA aims to encourage universities to explore industrial technology research and development. The new 3D printer has been transferred to a domestic company, MicroJet Ltd., which is the only domestic company in Taiwan that has expertise in printer manufacturing. Company spokesmen estimate the annual revenue gained from 3D printing in Taiwan to reach 3 ~ 5 hundreds million NTD, approximately 10 ~ 16 millions USD, in 5 years.
The 3D printer is the first commercial machine to be developed in Taiwan, and all of its parts and assemblies are to be supplied and manufactured domestically as well.
Technologies employed to build the 3D printer include nanoscale powder manufacturing technology, precision positioning and process control, powder compounding, bonding & coherence technique, improved ink injector and driving technique, and integrated system of 3D injection printing. NCKU reported that the printer can also produce work in color.
For further information, visit NCKU.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.