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Engineers design unique 3D printing interface platform

Manufacturing Group | February 6, 2014

3D printing interface platform between existing and future generations of 3D printers and its own patented 3D display technology.

Singapore - Zecotek Display Systems engineers are designing a 3D printing interface platform between existing and future generations of 3D printers and its own patented 3D display technology.

The 3D printing platform offers significant design, cost, and time advantages when Zecotek's glasses free, auto-stereoscopic, multi-view, HD 3D display is used with commercial 3D printers for the creation of solid objects used in rapid and manufacturing prototyping.

"Zecotek`s 3D display technology creates significant advantages in the design process related to 3D printing," said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, chairman, president, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc. "By creating a user interface between the 3D printer and our own patented 3D display, we offer end-users the most realistic view of the solid object being created on the printer. Individual or multiple users will have the ability to view the object in full 3D, from all perspectives, and edit the object as desired. The interface will have a rich variety of interactive features and offer the ability to see a true 3D image during the design process which can save both time, material and cost."

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model by laying down successive layers of material in different shapes. The first 3D printer was introduced in 1984, and it took approximately 20 years for the industry to grow to $1 billion in sales. It has taken another 5 years for total annual sales and service of 3D printers to reach $2 billion. Leading industry analysts predict significant growth with annual sales of 3D printing reaching $4 billion by 2015, and over $10 billion by 2021.

The reason for the rapid growth in the market is due to the improving performance of additive equipment and the expanding range of materials being used. 3D printing has now become cheaper and more customizable than regular manufacturing methods. Meanwhile, prices for both printers and materials are dropping to a point where rapid adoption by consumers is a distinct possibility.

Today, 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in many industries including dental, medical, biotech, architecture, industrial design, aerospace, military, civil engineering, geographic information systems, and countless other fields.

Zecotek Display Systems commercialization program is to initially subcontract the production of the 3D display units interfaced with the 3D printers and with the associated software for sale to end users. Subsequent mass production and sales will be done through a strategic partnership.

Source: Zecotek Photonics Inc.

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