China has been hailed as a future 3D printing leader because of its fast developments. Although the biggest advances are coming from industries such as manufacturing, health care, and construction, Chinese companies have also been pushing through different frontiers in 3D printing technology, and are even bringing these complex machines into our homes. Check out China’s most innovative 3D printing companies.
Sichuan Revotek is a company that is bringing science fiction to life with its 3D bioprinting – creating living tissues and organs. Their biggest breakthrough was in January 2017 when they successfully 3D printed blood vessels and implanted them in rhesus monkeys. The monkeys are doing well so far, which means that the technology works. This is a crucial step towards creating 3D printed organs for humans.
Located in Chengdu, Sichuan Revotek is the world’s first producer of 3D printed blood vessels. Their 3D bioprinter uses a cloud computing platform, and stem cell bio-ink technology which can be adapted to each individual patient. The company was founded in 2014 as a subsidiary of Sichuan Languang Development Co., Ltd.
Regenovo, known as China’s Organovo, is another company trying to bring 3D printed organs into our bodies. In 2015, scientists at Hangzhou Dianzi University announced that the Regenovo bioprinter has brought them one step closer to a functional 3D-printed liver by printing out its building blocks. Other breakthroughs from the company include 3D printing of human ears and other tissues which can be used for experiments.
Regenovo Biotech was founded in 2013 by Xu Mingen, a professor at the same university. Following a Series B investment round, Shining 3D came to hold 50 percent of the company’s shares. The company went public in 2014.
3D printing could be available on our own desktops soon, and Tiertime is the company in China trying to make it happen. Last year, Tiertime came up with a compact 3D printer that could be used in schools, offices, and even at home. It has been working on introducing 3D printing to students around China.
According to its website, Beijing Tiertime Technology is Asia’s biggest 3D printing solution provider. It raised USD 1.65 million in a Series A financing round in January 2014. The company was created in 2003 by a Tsinghua University professor Yan Yongnian, who is recognized as the first person to explore 3D printing in China.
Despite the fact that the company shares the same name with a well-known Stanley Kubrick horror movie, there is nothing nightmarish about Shining 3D’s products. The company has so far filed hundreds of patents connected to 3D printing including dental implants, digital hearing aids, and even digital jewelry. It has even started a project on developing 3D data models of historically significant artifacts and artworks from museums around the globe.
Founded in 2004, Shining 3D has 10 subsidiary companies in China, and is working with top Chinese universities and international companies. It is now hoping to expand globally.
WinSun (Yingchuang Building Technology Co.)
Shanghai-based WinSun is the company behind the construction of the first functional 3D-printed office building which was opened in Dubai in May 2016. It was finished in 17 days for only USD 140,000.
WinSun started out as a building materials supplier, but today its wants to change construction to a zero waste industry with the help of 3D printing. It first made a splash in the headlines in 2014 with a batch of 10 houses printed out of recycled construction material and assembled in Suzhou. Since then, it has managed to 3D print an entire 6-storey apartment building, and an 18th century styled villa fit for European royalty.
While WinSun has made a name for itself by printing out 3D modules and then assembling them, HuaShang Tenda decided to change the game by printing out an entire 400 square meter, two-story house at once. With walls as thick as 8 feet (2.43 m), it is designed to withstand the strongest earthquakes. The result is not very pretty, but it is certainly impressive.
The Beijing-based HuaShang Tenda is a part of a larger company called HuaShang Luhai that was founded in 1989 and deals in construction as well as electrical and mechanical equipment.
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