Singapore, which has been aggressively developing 3D printing for the past few years, has announced it will build the world's first 3D printing facility at a port. Today, an agreement was signed to set up the facility at PSA's Pasir Panjang Terminal, and it will be used to create spare parts for maritime equipment.The facility will be equipped with some of the latest and highest quality 3D printers and will use an offshore digital cloud backed by blockchain technology for better secure file transfers.
As 3D printing technology continues to be updated, worn parts can even be repaired, rather than replaced, by increasing the number of parts, extending their life and reducing maintenance costs. By having a 3D printing facility at the port, components can be produced as-needed, reducing the need for physical inventory. With this approach, companies do not have to rely on centralized manufacturing plants, which have long lead times and high shipping costs.
That's only one of the many medical applications of 3D printing, but the big news to come out of the NAMIC summit was the announcement of the development of the port facility.The success of the facility could open the door for other transport sectors to build 3D printing facilities at tourist hubs such as the airport.