by • January 18, 2016 • No Comments
There are a couple of big 3D printing device createers in Korea and one of the sizeablest is HyVision System. A couple of weeks ago, I had a accident to meet Mr. Shin Jeonghyeon, the General Manager of the New Product Sales Division at HyVision System, to find out additional of the company and their products.
3DPI: First, I appreciate the long trip you created for this interview. Could you commence by yourself and your firm?
Mr. Shin: Yes, of course. I am Shin Jeonghyeon, the General Manager of the New Product Sales Division. I am in charge of both domestic and overseas sales for the 3D printing division of HyVision System. The firm started in 2002 as a tiny automatic camera module systems provider, mostly to sizeable conglomerates, such as Samsung, LG, and Apple.
Having such sizeable and consistent customers, we did not really feel the necessity to openly promote the company until we leapt into the 3D printing market. In 2015, the company recorded $70 million USD in profits and had around 220 employees. Out of our 220 employees, 70% are engineers, and we put a massive emphasis on R&D and product createment. Moreover, we have 30 employees specifically dedicated to the 3D printing division. More information of the company is readily on the market in English, Chinese and Korean on our website.
3DPI: How did your firm get involved in 3D printing?
Mr. Shin: We leapt into 3D printing as a createer in the middle of 2014 for the reason it was a great opportunity for us to expand the utility of our making base. We idea that the innovation that we generated, camera modules, may be appropriately modified
for use in 3D printing devices. In our camera modules, the X,Y and Z axes are satisfactoryly regulated and we idea that we may apply this expertise to 3D printing. We came up with our 3D printing device creations, the Cubicon series, and they turned out to be really successful.
So as opposed to normal start-ups that usually start to make 3D printing devices based on open source creations, we had advantages in both complexware and expertise, that I believe makes our Cubicon series additional competitive in the market. We had to use open source firmware and slicing programs, but we are working on our own software now to address the deficiencies we discovered with them. And our custom firmware is approximately finalized and should be shipped in the near next.
3DPI: So, please tell us of your Cubicon series.
Mr. Shin: So far, we have two FDM models, the Cubicon Single (Model no: 3DP-110) and Cubicon Style (Model no : 3DP-210F). The Cubicon Style was created for industrial purposes and the Cubicon Single was created for quite own use. I can say that the Cubicon Style is all but a tiny design of the Cubicon Single. So, as we created the Cubicon Style, we focused on showcases such as reducing vibration, noise, and how environmentally friendly the machine was.
When it comes to the noise, our machines have always been less than 50 decibels, that poses no problem for use in normal households. Even the Cubicon Single’s noise does not go above 60 decibels. Both machines in addition showcase a “quick-alter” on/off extruder. The Cubicon Single does not require any tools to remove the extruder, whereas the Cubicon Style does require a little bit of knowledge, since the extruder is a little additional complex. But both extruders are easily replaceable. Actually, we discovered that this function is quite significant for the reason it saves a lot of resources for both customers and producers.
The Cubicon Style 3D printing device of HyVision.
In addition, in both machines we installed three types of clean filters (Hepa, Carbon, and Purafil Catalyst filters) to deodorize and remove any possible nano dust. Other than that, you can see the other showcases and specs on our website.
3DPI: So, in that countries are the machines on the market and how much are they?
Mr. Shin: The machines have been distributed in most various countries which include England, the USA, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, China, France, and Japan. More contracts in diverse countries are underway. Prices are set slightly various depending on where it is sold. But on average, the Cubicon Single is between 2800 – 2900 USD and the Cubicon Style is between 1300 – 1400 USD. Actually those are the prices at that the machines are sold in Korea. Our distributors in the various countries have been satisfied with the product high end, keeping our relationship sturdy for additional than a year now, and we always ask the distributers to set the price not so various of the prices set in Korea.
The Cubicon Single.
3DPI: I heard that you have a new product coming out soon. Could you elaborate on that too?
Mr. Shin: There is a new DLP machine coming out this February. We are on the last stage of createment. Equitething is eager except for a bit of satisfactory tuning and spec upgrades. Actually, this product drew attention in Korea for winning the ‘Good Design’ contest actually preceding its official commenceing. The ‘Good Design’ contest has been held since 1985, and has been hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy and the Korean Institute of Design Promotion. So, this machine can be on the market with the ‘GOOD DESIGN’ mark on it. The machine in addition shows a massive reduction on prices. As we commence this machine, we are in addition delivering out a new scanner with it. Your readers can assume both of those quite soon.
3DPI: How do you view the Korean 3D printing market?
Mr. Shin: There are most createers in Korea, but I feel that a few of them rely too much on open sources of abroad, instead of innovating on their own. Of course, we in addition rely on a few open source for software and firmware, but we are working complex to create our own systems. Whilst I believe that it is a great thing to share ideas through open source, and I believe programs such as Cura are really great, I ponder that it a fewtimes gives createers an excuse when their machines do not work well, and allows for them to take less responsibility as a createer. And, in addition, what if open source policies alter? So, what is going to take place to those Korean users who are aleager too accustomed to those systems?
Secondly, I wish there was a few sort of platform where the dozens of Korean createers may compare their machines objectively. There can be a few misleading factors out there of either sure brands or sure machines. Once a bad product gets into the market, it produces untrue and negative factors of the other 3D printing devices out there, harming the market. In accordance with that, I hope there is appropriate governmental assist for the industry, too.
3DPI: Any last words to add?
Mr. Shin: We did not attend the 2016 CES for the reason we aleager attended the 2015 CES and without our new products, scheduled to come out in February, our revealing may have been the same. So, instead of attending the 2016 CES, we have planned to attend another talked about electronics show to be held in Germost in the near next.
We in addition may like to say that we are working in an open-minded way. We are up for any collaboration and joint work if the occasion calls for it. We are aleager reviewing several proposed joint projects with other firms. 3D printing is an informative field and, by working together, we can evolve faster in additional interesting ways. So, for any firms interested in forming a partnership with us, we appear forward to hearing of you.
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