First lo­cally de­vel­oped me­tal 3D print­ing sys­tem re­vealed

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

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.

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