Organised by the British Trade & Cultural Office (BTCO), Additive Manufacturing Association of Taiwan (AMAT) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), the 1st Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing International Conference was held at NTUST in Taipei on 3 March 2014. This conference convened international academic representatives and AM vendors together to present the most up-to-date technology, application and market trends. The UK Additive Manufacturing Mission of 5 academic and industrial speaking delegates including Dr Chris Sutcliffe, from the University of Liverpool, key partner in the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes, and a technical representative for Renishaw UK - a major global AM vendor.
Chris Wood, Director of BTCO said at the conference, “the UK is one of the world’s leading sources of AM knowledge and research activity today. We have seen how Taiwan has been able to add value and take a leadership role in the global manufacturing and supply chain, from semiconductors to precision machinery. We are confident Taiwan has a key role to play as we transition to the “digital manufacturing” paradigm of the future. This is the reason why we have convened a group of leading UK experts here.”
In addition to the conference on 3 March at the NTUST, a Day-2 forum that showcases best commercial practices aimed at bridging executives of all walks of life, young startups, and local investment bankers is also held today. Chris presented his recent work on Biomedical applications such as dental/bone implants in veterinary use cases.