S. Korea to Promote 3D Printing as Economic Driver

The South Korean government is promoting integration of 3D printing with Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data as well as the e-commerce. 

It plans to take advantage of Korea’s excellent ICT infrastructure to build the Korean 3D printing environment in order to create quality jobs and next generation growth engines. 

Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced 3D printing industry development strategy at the 3D printing product demonstration and policy debate co-hosted by Electronic Times, Electronic Times Internet and National Assemblymen of Jeong Gap-yong, Baek Jae-hyeon, and Kwon Eun-hui. The both ministries had collaborated in establishment of ‘3D Printing Industry Development Strategy’ last April and the strategies were further refined in the announcement. 

Choi Seong-ho, a manager in charge of coordinating of policies from Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, said, “We will provide the opportunity to leap forward to intelligent society through intelligent 3D printing industry,” during the announcement made in ‘Promoting 3D Printing Industry as Future Strategic Industry.’ Mr. Choi set the current personalized 3D printing production structure as 3D Printing Industry Version 1.0 and announced the service will be expanded to ‘Remote Order-based Production (2.0)’ and ‘Intelligence Integrated Service (3.0)’ that is integrated with IoT. 

Remote Order-based Production which will be further refined in the next 2 years will promote the printing services for people so they can easily purchase and use 3D-printing design drawings made by others through e-commerce. According to him, integration with IoT will implement intelligent 3D printing environment which enables creation of the 3D object by remote voice command from smart devices. He said, “3D printing will initially be disseminated for industrial purposes but subsequently will be integrated with IoT, Big Data, Cloud, etc. so that individual users will use the service. 

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