K.K. IRISU organizes seminar to inform and promote 3D technologies to the Japanese industry
3D printers in use in 2018 are similar to the historical impact computing machines caused, when they hit the market in the 1980s; in recent years though, there have been remarkably rapid advancements in 3D technologies, particularly in Europe and the United States.
Currently in the United States, many products themselves and the manufacturing of jigs and large parts as well as other processes, are realized with 3D printers, e.g. the production of automobile parts. Yet in Japan, unfortunately there are not many examples of companies making effective use of the precise processes and sophisticated technical capabilities 3D printers offer. The lack of visible applications of 3D printers seems to suggest that Japan is lagging behind its Western counterparts when it comes to utilizing this technology.
Let us take a look at the advantages of a 3D printer:
1. Reduced production time
2. Reduced production costs
3. Enhanced creativity and flexibility
4. Ensured confidentiality during the production of new prototypes
With these advantages, it is likely that 3D printers will change the shape of the manufacturing industry and factory floors around the world. So, it appears that companies have no choice but to start embracing this technology.
Several years ago, 3D printing was hailed as a “boom” that was anticipated to achieve astonishing developments and sweep the world. In reality, Japan is lacking examples of 3D printing being used in the manufacturing industry in these past few years. Why is that? At IRISU, we believe this is due to an insufficient knowledge and places to learn about 3D printing, which has led to comments such as “I’d like to use it but I don’t know how”, and “I can’t get a clear image of how to apply 3D printing to my business”.
In January 2018 K.K. IRISU provided such a place by completely revamping the first floor Engineer Room of our Tokyo Head Office and turning it into a showroom for customers to easily demonstrate an actual 3D printer and its working applications. We also held seminars and one-on-one consultations with customers about how they can make use of 3D printing. The showroom is a hit, and many visitors commented that they wanted to see more specific examples of 3D printing applications.
Following this feedback, we held a Knowledge Seminar for three days from May 23 to 25, during which we invited several customers as guest speakers to discuss how they are specifically implementing and using 3D printers in their businesses.
Here are some practical examples shared by three of our guest speakers of three different companies.
1. 3D Printing Corporation - Assisting a European railway company cut costs by 30 billion Japanese Yen (approx. $ 271,350) annually by using a 3D scanner to record its inventory in data format.
2. Hyogo Prefecture Institute of Technology - Helping a local university student with using a 3D printer to create an innovative dress for her graduation research project, which eventually won her a prize at a fashion contest.
3. Emtopia - Creating a visualization model for the preoperative simulation that enabled the company to do its own polishing and painting to a non-manufacturing field and running simulations of the relatively rare surgery for infants with heart disease.
The seminar seemed to be a great success judging the reaction of the audience, who listened intently to the speakers while fervently taking notes.
After the presentations, engineers we invited from the Chinese company Shining 3D demonstrated their machines by scanning the faces and bodies of some seminar participants, who were largely impressed by the high-quality and precision of the scans. Also, the back of the showroom featured a display of over 40 items (20 different types) all created using 3D printers, and an area for individual consultations and open discussions with customers.
One of the main events of this seminar was the demonstration of a 3D printer from the German company BigRep, which builds with a capacity of up to one cubic meter. Using its topology design and analysis functions, the engineers demonstrated how the printer can be applied to create a real chair.
Our seminar certainly captured the attention of many different industries, as the audience came from not only the manufacturing industry, but also from medicine, fashion and engineering.
Here is some of the positive feedback we received from many customers who attended the K.K. IRISU seminar, which we feel was a momentous first step in spreading knowledge about 3D printers.
“In addition to the informative seminar presentations, the display of 3D printers and live demonstration by BigRep of creating bicycle tires using flex materials and other actual objects were also extremely valuable.”
“It was a terrific experience to take part in this completely new type of seminar. I’d definitely like to attend again if there is another one.”
“Now that I have a clear image of what 3D printers can actually create, I’m considering getting one for my business.”
“This seminar has made me want to know even more about 3D printers. I hope IRISU continues to share information on this area.”
The next seminar is scheduled for September 2018, and we are currently preparing rand-new contents for it. We look forward to welcoming you there!