Date
24 July 2017
A 3D printed bust of CY Leung was gifted to the chief executive when he attended the opening ceremony of Hong Kong's first one-stop 3D printing center. Photo: HKPC
A 3D printed bust of CY Leung was gifted to the chief executive when he attended the opening ceremony of Hong Kong's first one-stop 3D printing center. Photo: HKPC

SMEs urged to make the most of new 3D printing center

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) opened Tuesday the city’s first 3D printing support center in a bid to help local manufacturers tap the new technology.

“It houses the most comprehensive spectrum of software and hardware, with a wealth of 3D printing experts,” council chairman Stanley Lau said.

The center, called 3D Printing One, features seventeen 3D printers, from elementary to professional levels. They support a range of material including metal, biocompatible, food and plastic.

In a survey conducted earlier, most SME owners admitted that they know little about 3D printing, which is why they are not adopting the technology in their businesses.

To solve the issue, 3D Printing One will provide training through various 3D printing diploma programs, covering technology application, development trends and business operation.

Participants will also be able to try 3D printing themselves.

There will be a weekly “Advise-and-Print Session” where consultants will be ready to offer technical assistance.

HKPC said the 3D center is also intended as a business networking hub.

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RC

EJ Insight writer

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