UNIST officially broke ground to mark the start of the construction for the 3D Printing Convergence Technology Center on August 30, 2022. The facility will be used to lay the foundation for a full cycle support system that provides the the linkage between convergence technology development, demonstration, commercialization, and follow-up support.
Took place in the Ulsan Techno Industrial Complex in Duwang-dong, Nam-gu, the ceremony has been attended by more than 150 guests from UNIST, the Ulsan Metropolitan City, the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), and other key officials from local 3D printing companies. This includes UNIST President Yong Hoon Lee and Ulsan Mayor Doo-kyum Kim.
This was held in the following order: Commendation for Distinguished Service (5 Awardees, including Professor Im Doo Jung and Ji Yong An from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UNIST), reciting the declaration for safety in construction, ground-breaking ceremony, and a tour of infrastructure.
The new center is scheduled to be built in December 2023 at the Ulsan Techno General Industrial Complex Industry-Academic Convergence Campus. The project cost is 45 billion won, with 5,051㎡ of land, 1,614㎡ of building area (total area 4,303㎡), one basement floor, and four ground floors.
Looking at the space composition, the first floor will have a digital factory room and a performance diffusion room for mass production of 3D printing parts, and the second floor will have an engineer room for the production process and design development of 3D printing parts. The third floor will be a joint R&D room for collaboration with major industries and 3D printing companies, and the fourth floor will be an office for administrative personnel and special technology development (engineering) for the center’s operating personnel.
Ulsan Techno General Industrial Complex, where the center will be located, is the largest 3D printing area in Korea, where 3D printing-related universities such as UNIST and Ulsan University, and a number of 3D printing companies and research institutes are integrated. The Ulsan Metropolitan Government expects that once the center is completed, a whole-cycle (design-production-proof-production) cooperation system will be established in connection with the existing 3D printing manufacturing process center, quality evaluation center, and knowledge industry center.