Wuhan an Early Adopter of 3D Printing in China
(China Daily) Wuhan, China was an early adopter of 3D printing technology: the first Chinese three-dimensional printer with independent intellectual property rights was developed in the city in 1994. Now, Wuhan is riding the wave of the so-called third industrial revolution, to get a piece of the emerging 3D printing market that is expected to hit 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion USD) within three years.
Experts predict that during the next decade, the technology will make thousands of labor-intensive manufacturing plants obsolete. To capitalize on this huge potential, Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, is establishing a 3D printing industry innovation center and technology industrial park in the Wuhan East Lake High-tech Zone.
Wuhan Binhu Mechanical and Electrical Co, which claims to be the first in the world to offer models with a printing size of 1.4 square meters, will move to the park. “After the project is complete, a 3D printing technology transfer center and incubator will be established here,” said Shen Qiwen, a professor at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. “By then, a complete industrial chain will be formed from upstream to downstream that includes material suppliers, laser producers and even museums.” The company was founded jointly by the local government, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Shenzhen Innovation Investment Group.