First locally developed metal 3D printing system revealed
A local research institute revealed Taiwan’s first locally developed metal 3D printing system Tuesday, saying that it hopes to spread the technology into the aerospace and defense industries.
With the support of the ministries of economic affairs and national defense, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) said that it began to develop the system in 2014.
Its achievements were showcased during a media tour of the institute’s research park in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), can break through the limits of traditional manufacturing process and be used in a wide range of areas, said Jen Kuo-kuang , deputy general director of the institute’s Missile and Rocket Systems Research Division.
To catch up with the international trend of 3D printing technology, the institute has developed a 250 mm x 250 mm metal AM system (including an independent investigated 500 W laser), according to the institute, Taiwan’s main weapons research and development center.
Speaking about the locally developed system, Jen said that “it can satisfy the needs of the aerospace and defense industries.”
The system can help speed up the man- ufacturing process of metal components and produce products of better quality, he told reporters.
In the industry of defense, the system will make it possible to manufacture parts for aging military equipment whose original manufacturers have ceased production, Jen said.
Asked about the system’s use in submarines, Jen said the system can be used to produce components for Taiwan’s old submarines. After the exact material of a component is identified, the institute’s staff will be able to make the same item using the system, he added.
The institute is seeking cooperation with National Cheng Kung University to realize local production of powder materials, the basic element for metal 3D printing, he said.
A developer demonstrates how to use nation’s first 3D metal printing machine, yesterday.