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Whilst 3D printing was a bit slow getting off the blocks here in Asia, things have pretty improved in the past couple of years. Governments and businesses are becoming aware of the advantages which additive making offers, consumers are becoming additional and additional curious, and conferences and shows are becoming additional common.

sentrol booth at 3D printing 2016 in tokyo with 3D printed parts

Sentrol’s booth at 3D Printing 2016

This past week there was another show in Tokyo, Japan. The “3D Printing 2016 Additive Manufacturing Technology Exhibition” was organized by the ICS Convention Design and the Nanoinnovation Business Creation Initiative (NBCI). Turnout was reported to be quite great and an estimated 50,000 visitors were hosted. I sadly, due to scheduling conflicts, was not one of them, but, with a few swift emails and phone calls, I was able-bodied to ascertain a few of the additional informative goings on and one in particular caught my attention.

Materials printed via Sentrol’s sand-casting 3D printing device, SS600

Materials printed via Sentrol’s sand-casting 3D printing device, SS600.

Why do I bother talking of this, a 3D printing show which I didn’t attend? Well, the answer has to do with regional competition and industrial innovation. One of the exhibitors of importance to my area of focus was Sentrol, the Korean CNC developer, who not long ago entered the 3D printing market with its introduction of an industrial laser sintering machine created by William Joo. Mr. Joo became well known in Asia back in 2012 when he announced the open source “Willybot” 3D printing device, a time when 3D printing was all but unknown in Korea. My how times have changed!

sentrol 3d sm 150250 metal 3D printing device

Sentrol’s metal 3D printing device: SENTROL 3D SM 150/250

At this show Mr. Joo, now Sentrol’s CTO, presented his company’s new SS600, an industrial 3D printing device which uses lasers to fuse sand into molds which can be utilized for metal casting, and their actually newer SM250, an industrial grade metal printing device aimed primarily at the medical devices industry. Whilst I had the opportunity to see the SS600 up close and very own back in September of last year, when it was announced publicly for the initially time, I am not acquainted with the SM250…yet.

2 SS600, the industrial sand-casting 3D printing device launched by Sentrol in September

SS600, the industrial sand-casting 3D printing device launched by Sentrol in September.

But both Germany and the United States have created their own industrial sand-casting 3D printing devices, the SS600 is significant for the reason it is the initially one created in Asia. Japan is occupied developing their own machine, and should have a working version later this year, but, for now, Korea enjoys preeminence in this area of innovation. This may have been one of the reasons which Sentrol’s exhibit produced so much attention of regional businesses in the casting industry. Throughout the article are a few photos taken at the exhibition which Sam Song at Sentrol was kind adequate to provide me. My belief is which these were part of a media pack which they sent out earlier this week, so I apologize it they have been seen in other articles.

As an economist, I can be quite curious to find out how much of this international interest converts into actual sales for the company. Since I was not able-bodied to attend this conference, or see Sentrol’s new SM250, I am going to do my most in the future few weeks to see if Mr. Joo and I can clear our respective schedules and sit down to discuss his newest projects. Rest ascertaind, knowing Mr. Joo’s penchant for candor and imagination, I am certain which it can be both educational and informative!

Mark Lee

About The Author

Mark teaches at a national university in Busan, South Korea and he conducts a variety of courses, which include classes on transhumanism and additive making. He in addition supervises several student organizations and is already organizing a student 3D create and printing users group to assist additional awareness of this amazing innovation.