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Ulsan City Promotes Global 3D Printing Technology Cooperation

According to Yonhap News,

(ULSAN=Yonhap News) Ulsan City and overseas research institutes cooperate on 3D printing technology development.

The city of Ulsan is cooperating with global research institutes such as the Edison Welding Institute (EWI) in the U.S., FIT-Prototyping in Germany and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in the UK for 3D printing technology development.

EWI is the largest research organization in the U.S. working with industry, academia and research to develop 3D printing commercialization technology.

After signing a MOU with Ulsan City last year, EWI is currently manufacturing joint parts for marine welded structures as part of several 3D printing technology cooperation projects.

Fit-Prototyping and Ulsan City are making ship propeller prototypes for lighter parts and improved shipbuilding processes.

The city is working with AMRC on not only 3D printing, but also smart factory technologies.

AMRC plans to conduct on-site consulting for manufacturing companies in Ulsan planning to build smart factories. The smart factories will use virtual reality and Big Data technology as part of the factory's management and problem solving solutions.

Last year, the president of Belgium-company Materialize, producer of the world's number one 3D printing software, visited Ulsan and promised to develop a new business model in the city.

Materialize has worked with companies such as Volvo and Philips in the past to successfully apply 3D printing technology to the manufacturing process.

Moreover, the city and Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association (SAMA) held the "3D Printing Tech Fiesta 2018" at Ulsan University as part of the city's active engagement and exchange with China.

An official of Ulsan City said, "We will use the joint advancements in 3D printing technology with global research bodies to build a sturdy foundation for the city as we head into the Fourth Industrial Revolution," adding, "the city also plans to create new jobs in 3D printing and related industries and to actively support start-ups.

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** This article was translated from Korean.

Source: Yonhap News (Apr. 01, 2018)