UNIST to showcase the future of 3-D printing

September 20th, 2017
3-D-printed electric vehicle, being test-driven by Gil-Bu Kang, a member of Korea's National Assembly. Professor Namhun Kim, Director of 3-D Advanced Additive Manufacturing Center is the creator of the vehicle. Credit: UNIST
The 2017 3D Printing Gala in Ulsan was held in the Engineering Building of UNIST.at UNIST from September 14th to 16th, 2017

Organized by the Ulsan IT Industry Promotion Agency, a variety of events were featured at the Gala, which includes 3D Printing Industry Exhibition, a test drive in a 3D-printed electric car, the testing of 3D-printed drones, and an international seminar. The event also featured the DfAM competition, as well as the inaugural meeting of KAMUG (Korean Additive Manufacturing User Group).

The 3D Printing Industry Exhibition introduced 3D printing-based materials, equipment, softwares (SW), and other related areas. It was participated by a total of 62 companies and organizations, both domestic and international. The exhibition booths were packed with various 3D-printed products, which include toys, industrial parts, and dental models.

During the course of the event, UNIST unveiled its own electric car and drones, made using its 3D printing technology and offered the public an opportunity to test drive them, 150 times a day. The OR Laser, the leading manifacturer of laser machines and professional laser equipment in Germany, came into spotlight by introducing their state-of-the-art 3D printers at the exhibition.

The winning works from the 2017 DfAM competition. Shown on the bottom left is the light-weight marine propeller hub. Credit: UNIST
The seminar was held for the purpose of establishing the convergene of 3D printing and the manufacturing indusry, as well as for international collaboration on 3D printing.

Hosted by Professor Namhun Kim, Director of 3D Advanced Additive Manufacturing Center, the seminar also featured presentations on a variety of topics by Professor Kamran Mumtaz of the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Other participants include Vice Chairman Conaldi of Edision Welding Institute (EWI) in the United States, as well as nine other experts from industry, academy, and research.

A 3D printing competition, named Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) was also held during the event, showcasing a wide range of creative possibilities afforded by today'sadvanced 3D printing technology. The 'Spark Bike', submitted by Mr. Jin Sik Kim of UNIST Research Supporting Team won the gold prize. The grand prize went to the "Honeycomb lattice structured, light-weight propeller hubs for ships ". The award ceremony was held shortly after the opening ceremony of the 3D Printing Gala in Ulsan.

The last day of the event featured the celebration of the inaugural meeting of K-AMUG (Korea-Additive Manufacturing User Group). Since last May, K-AUG has set a goal to contribute to the innovations in manufacturing processes by developing technologies, related to 3D printing, as well as through the exchange of information and experts.

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