3D Printing

Taiwan Wins the 3D Printing World Cup in Singapore

It may seem like it these days (here in Italy more so, probably in Brazil too) but Football does not have a complete monopoly in the World Cup stakes. In fact a “3D Printing World Cup” just took place in Singapore and Taiwan won it. Perhaps calling it a world cup is a slight exaggeration but it was an international competition – the Singapore International Jewellery 3D Printing Competition – and it was won by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

The winning 3D printed model, named The Orchid Spirit, is a 3D printed titanium hairpin plated with gold. It beat 70 other designs from seven countries to the satisfaction of the ITRI at seeing  Taiwan’s 3D printing capabilities recognized at an international level.

orchid spirit 3d printed

The contest, organized by the Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) $30 million brand new Additive Manufacturing Centre, was focused on orchid-inspired jewellery pieces that are distinctive and pleasurably wearable, in honor of the Vanda Miss Joaquim, a hybrid orchid cultivar and Singapore’s national flower.

The event is part of a series of competitions and shows organized by the Nanyang University focusing solely on 3D printing possibilities in sectors such as jewellery and architecture but also fashion and design. Considering the huge investments that the country is making in the technology’s research & development, we are probably going to see a lot more of these.

Credits for the image: (Photo/CNA)

Source: WantChinaTimes