Home-grown firm opens 3D printing facility here

Home-grown metal-printing company 3D Metalforge opened a $2.5 million 3D printing facility here yesterday – the latest in a string of advanced manufacturing investments by various companies. The plant is believed to be Singapore’s first “end-to-end” additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – facility. This means it will provide a complete suite of in-house metal printing solutions and services, ranging from design and engineering, to printing, post-production and finishing. It will make parts for the marine and offshore, oil and gas, manufacturing, engineering sectors, as well as other key industries. The new facility, built adjacent to 3D Metalforge’s existing plant in Science Park, means the firm will hire three new staff to bring the company’s total staff strength to 15. “Additive manufacturing incurs significantly lower costs, it can be up to 30 per cent cheaper and 10 times faster than traditional manufacturing processes,” said 3D Metalforge chief executive Matthew Waterhouse. “This is very useful particularly for marine as well as oil and gas companies, which are often under time and cost pressures.“ Source: The Straits Times To find out more, click