For over 45 years, foundry specialist Chan Ban Kiong made prototype moulds for ship propellers by hand. But his job is now undergoing a sea change.

Earlier this year, the 64-year-old was told that his employer Mencast Marine was going to start using 3D printers to make the prototypes, to improve productivity, and that he and eight others, all older than 60, were going to be trained to operate the 3D printers.

With the new technology, their work will be safer and easier, and production time will be faster by a third, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally, highlighting Mencast as a smaller firm that made the effort to retrain and upgrade its workers.

Source: The Straits Times

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