This center will operate to expand Korea’s additive manufacturing market through 3D printing initiatives, seminars, and workshops.
“3D printing is already in use for mass production among global energy, aerospace and automobile companies,” said Kim Seong-soo, CEO of Z3DFAB.
“This agreement between EOS and Z3DFAB is a great chance to provide more optimized 3D printing solutions for customers and promote the benefit of 3D printing in the market.”
Strengthening additive manufacturing in South Korea
Founded in 2016 as joint-venture with the French advanced materials company Z3DLAB, Z3DFAB is said to be Korea’s first industrial additive manufacturing solutions provider.
Late last year, in collaboration with semiconductor specialist HS HI-TECH, Z3DLAB and Z3DFAB installed EOSTATE MeltPool technology, a build-chamber analysis software which reads laser light reflection and powder melting inside metal 3D printers, into its additive manufacturing facility in South Korea.
The installation of the EOSTATE MeltPool technology along with the EOS M 290 system allowed Z3DFAB to improve and monitor the end quality of its 3D printed parts.
Now, with a new additive manufacturing center in the works, Z3DFAB will further push progressive 3D printing solutions to its clients.
“This agreement between EOS and Z3DFAB is a great chance to provide more optimized 3D printing solutions for customers and promote the benefit of 3D printing in the market,” added Seong-soo.
The Asia Pacific market & additive manufacturing
Companies operating globally within additive manufacturing have recognized the burgeoning Asia Pacific market.
Last year, HP launched its first ever Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Centre (Smarc) in Singapore. This Smarc centre is now responsible for boosting HP’s manufacturing processes within HP’s headquarters which are also located in the Asia Pacific, i.e. Japan.
Following this, the International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed in its Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide, that the market-wide spending for 3D printing this year will rise to an estimated $3.6 billion throughout the Asia Pacific market.
With this promising report, Asia Pacific countries continue to develop 3D printing technologies, increasing the demand for 3D printing solutions.
“China succeeded in developing the 3D printing market, and has become the largest 3D printing market in Asia thanks to its cooperation with service providers like Z3DFAB,” said Jack Wu, Sales Director of EOS APAC.
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Featured image shows Z3DFAB’s Additive Manufacturing facility in South Korea. Photo via Z3DFAB.