Focus on STEAM means new opportunity for 3D printing

From rockets to tortoise shells to complete clothing lines, stories of students creating amazing things using 3D printing technology have been all over the news in recent months.

Educators across the globe are embracing 3D printing as a new way to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities and teach 21st century “maker skills.” These skills, like programming, tabletop filmmaking, stop motion animation and robotics, combine with 3D printing to help prepare students for the jobs of the future.

“I see so much potential for students to use 3D printing in new and unique ways to create fun and educational classroom experiences and gain skills that will last a lifetime,” said Philip VanHooks, principal at Cooke Elementary in Detroit, Michigan.

And the good news is the industry growth is just getting started. The global 3D printing materials market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.2 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to research from Lucintel. Although many organizations have focused attention on the medical industry as the best opportunity for growth, the applications are endless, especially in education.

3D printing was traditionally a mystery to the consumer market, but the growing affordability of 3D printers, such as the da Vinci line offered by XYZprinting has helped make the technology more accessible to the average consumer, therefore creating more opportunities for the classroom. The da Vinci line is unique because it’s one of the only models that comes fully assembled and ready for use, making it even easier to use this innovative technology for education.

Recently, XYZprinting partnered with D&H Distributing to expand the distribution of 3D printers in the education market. As part of the agreement, XYZprinting products will be incorporated into D&H’s K-12 education offering and educational sessions through programs such as the Solutions Lab Training Center.

With the increased focus on STEAM education XYZprinting expects even more students will be able to take advantage of 3D printing and explore real-world prototyping. For example, instead of design students creating 3D objects on a computer and pressing print only to end up with a 2D form, they can produce a tangible, shareable product, which can create a deep sense of accomplishment amongst students.

Training in the arts has been shown to improve creativity and innovation, and students who study arts benefit from increased test scores, according to research from the National Center for Education Statistics. By incorporating 3D printing technology, students gain hands-on learning experiences and a chance to engage in the arts in unique ways such as printing garments, sculptures and even instruments.

In the future, the 3D Printing industry will need even more dreamers, believers, and doers from a variety of backgrounds who aren’t afraid to continuously innovate and envision a world that is strikingly different than the one around us. The best place to find those dreamers is in the classroom, and XYZprinting hopes to play a role in further making 3D printing technology accessible to tomorrow’s leaders.

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Do You Know Where Your Electronics Come From?

Electronics take center stage in our homes and offices but people don’t often think about the companiesthat test, manufacture, distribute and provide repair services for them. This large, mysterious sector,known as the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industry, is experiencing steady growth globally.

Did you know:

  • EMS is the largest segment in the manufacturing industry, with an estimated revenue of $1.75 trillion USD. Source
  • The EMS industry is estimated to grow to $639 billion in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of more than 7 percent. Source
  • In 2014, EMS providers contributed to 73.6 percent of top 25 sales in the category, up from 70.2 percent in 2013. Source
  • Across all segments in the market, consumer electronics is experiencing the fastest growth, with an estimated compound annual growth rate of more than 11 percent in 2012. Source

New Kinpo Group (NKG), which was ranked as the no. 11 top contract EMS manufacturer for 2014*,predicts additional EMS growth will be fueled by the Southeast Asia market. Having been based in Taiwan for more than 40 years and in Southeast Asia for 20, we continue to invest throughout the region in order to offer customers greater flexibility, lower costs, faster delivery times and world-class product quality. Most recently, we opened a new factory in the Philippines. This highly-automated,vertically-integrated factory is dedicated to consumer product manufacturing.

Although many have long-realized the benefits of manufacturing in China—where NKG also has a presence—the EMS industry globally is just realizing the infinite manufacturing possibilities that exist in Southeast Asia. Thanks to our investment in the region, we saw these opportunities early on. As a result,the company’s international customers are able to capitalize on our robust infrastructure to better serve local customers. With our extensive knowledge of local markets, we’re able to vertically integrate supply chains and keep our design team close, drastically improving delivery time for our customers.

We’ve developed manufacturing facilities in Brazil and Mexico to extend our electronics excellence to even more customers. By emulating our success in Taiwan, lead time and overall cost is significantly decreased. Also, products produced locally face lower tariffs, which creates savings for both the company and the consumer.

For more on NKG’s global expansion, please visit our newsroom. Data about the growth of the EMS industry and NKG’s role in the space can be found at Manufacturing Market Insider.
*NKG is ranked as the no. 3 top contract EMS manufacturer when revenue is combined with Compal Electronics*

The Maker Movement and Manufacturing Day Collide

Last week, we were thrilled to take part in the New York Maker Faire. The excitement was palpable as more than 90,000 attendees came together for a glimpse of the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves during the two-day event.

The Maker Movement has become a part of the New Kinpo Group DNA. In fact, in just a few days, we’ll travel to the West Coast for the San Diego Maker Faire where we’ll show off the latest in 3D printing and robotics from our subsidiaries XYZprinting and XYZrobot.

Maker Faires offer us an opportunity to be side by side with technology enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers, scientists, artists, students, commercial exhibitors and others who are part of this growing movement.

Across North America, the Maker Movement is inspiring tinkerers to become manufacturers and giving them the freedom and tools to envision a future much different than the world we live in today. New Kinpo Group is an electronics manufacturing company – one of the largest in the world – yet, we understand the importance of individual innovation and how manufacturing is evolving to a place where anyone can be a “Maker.”

We’re a proud endorser of Manufacturing Day not only because we understand the importance of manufacturing to the global economy, but because we understand how in the future, the lines between Makers and Manufacturers will continue to blur.

The most high-profile Maker tool to emerge so far is the 3D printer. According to Atmel, a telecommunications company and major backer of the Maker Movement, there are approximately 135 million U.S. adults who are Makers, and the overall market for 3D printing products and various maker services hit $2.2 billion in 2012. That number is expected to reach $6 billion by 2017 and $8.41 billion by 2020.

With our subsidiary, XYZprinting, we became the first company to make 3D printing affordable and accessible to consumers. Our products allow anyone to create all types of products for themselves or to fuel a small business. According to USA Today, Makers fuel business, pouring some $29 billion into the world economy each year.

On a larger scale, our factories in North America are helping to manufacture a variety of products for visionary entrepreneurs who want to turn passions into products and products into businesses. In addition to manufacturing capabilities, we bring a level of global supply chain expertise that can be found in few other places.

We understand that the future of our company and manufacturing fully depends on the next generation being ready, willing and able to become Makers. When you give makers the right tools and opportunity, they have the potential to change the world.

We hope that you’ll join us in supporting Manufacturing Day. To find an event near you, click here.

How Intelligent Manufacturing is Changing Global Industries

3D printing is gaining popularity globally, and for good reason. The versatile technology is being used across industries including the healthcare, education and automotive sectors. Accordingly, the Boao Forum for Asia, a prestigious forum for government, business and academia leaders, has taken notice.

The conference, which highlights compelling areas of discussion year after year, featured a session called “3D Printing, Digital Manufacturing & the 3rd Industrial Revolution,” focusing on trending topics related to 3D printing and intelligent manufacturing.

Our very own Simon Shen, chairman of XYZPrinting, participated in the discussion.
“There are many things in our daily lives, such as mugs, plastic shoes, toys and cell phone cases that are produced by factories that merely involve three to five stages of simple production processes,” said Shen. “Those processes may be more likely replaced by 3D printers.” 

While the transition is probable, it won’t happen overnight. “There is still a long way to go for the industry to develop technology that allows people to produce sophisticated products such as smartphones or laptops, and more material suppliers will be joining the market as well,” said Shen. “XYZPrinting will continue to focus on material development and introducing different materials to the market.” Wei Miao, Chinese Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, joined the conversation as well.

“The development and application of information communication technology (ICT), especially the integration between ICT and manufacturing industry, will become the trigger of the Third Industrial Revolution,” said Miao. “The Chinese government will encourage and support younger generations in China to become creators.” Miao’s statement on supporting the maker culture in China ultimately fits the vision of XYZPrinting. 

“Although only a few things can be realized through DIY, the cost for 3D printers is comparatively lower nowadays, so people can create the things they want or even start a business with a 3D printer. From this perspective, younger generations can buy a 3D printer to create something they desire,” added Shen. 

The da Vinci Junior 1.0, which was displayed at Boao, is a prime example. The 3D printer by XYZPrinting is designed for general consumers and was displayed during the session. The product has a compactdesign, weighing only 26 pounds, but with a robust size of 5.9” x 5.9” x 5.9” and is available for $349.99at Amazon.com, Newegg.com and BestBuy.com.

PChome Online and Cal-Comp Form Joint Venture to Enter e-Commerce Market in Thailand

Recently, we announced the exciting news that Cal-Comp, a subsidiary of New Kinpo Group, entered ajoint venture with PChome Online (8044-tw), an Internet media company offering e-commerce,advertisement, portal service, digital content, Internet access, and Internet community service.Together, the two well-known Taiwanese companies will build upon Cal-Comp’s established leadershipand in-market operations and PChome Online’s extensive Internet expertise to provide the ultimate e-commerce service in Thailand. The capital for the joint venture, PChome Thailand Co., Ltd., is $100million Thai baht (approximately $3,065,000 US Dollars).
PChome Online (http://www.pchome.com.tw) is the largest e-commerce group in Taiwan. The companydebuted its IPO in Taiwan in January 2005, and its consolidated revenue hit $16.3 billion Taiwan dollars(TWD) in 2013.  PChome Online owns numerous e-commerce websites including the biggest business-to-consumer online shopping website, PChome 24h Shopping, and the leading consumer online auctionwebsite, Ruten.
To complement this venture, Cal-Comp is the largest EMS company in Thailand with more than 18,700employees around the world. Cal-Comp became a public company in Thailand in 2001 and itsconsolidated revenue was $121.5 billion Thai Baht in 2013.
Through this milestone joint venture with PChome Online, Cal-Comp will take advantage of New KinpoGroup’s experience in global marketing and management to become a first-mover in AFTA (ASEAN FreeTrade Area) market by providing convenient e-commerce solutions to local customers in Thailand.