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The 2nd Brown Bag Meeting of the PACST 2014-05-22

The 2nd Brown Bag Meeting of the PACST: Status of the 3D printing industry and national policy direction by Changkyeong Kim 

The 2nd Brown Bag Meeting of the PACST


The PACST held the second PACST Brown Bag Meeting with the theme of 'Status of the 3D printing Industry and National Policy Direction' on May 22, 2014. The event was prepared to exchange in-depth discussion on the promising future of the industry as a new paradigm in the manufacturing and to stress the necessity of well-designed policies from the viewpoint of a new growth industry.


Changkyeong Kim (professor at the Department of Material Engineering, Hanyang University), Chairperson of the 3D printing industry development strategy forum, forecasted that the 3D printing would contribute  greatly to manufacturing industries and new service industries. He stressed that the national policy direction to develop the industry should focus on the system technology development based on a open platform rather than each element technology. In particular, he emphasized that the system should adopt the emerging concepts such as collective intelligence and machine intelligence.


Then, there were heated debates after the presentation. Yongmin Kim, member of the PACST, pointed out that the products manufactured with the 3D printing contained problems in stability and durability. Sunhwa Han, member of the PACST, mentioned the importance of recruiting and training a sufficient number of excellent human resources to develop the 3D printing industry in the early onset.


The presenter concluded that the 3D printing product would have strengthen national defense with relatively low cost limitation and would help the medical field with customization. He also said that the field was 20 years behind the US and to come from behind, R&D, market, legal and system issues should be solved at the same time and most of all, creative ideas should be combined.  As a closing comment, he pointed out that the 3D printing industry was a representative convergence industry that requires aggressive support from the government.