Japan to support 3D printer development
NHK -- Aug 24
The Japanese government plans to support domestic makers to develop cost-effective 3D printers.

The printers use computer data to produce solid three-dimensional objects made of resin, metal or other powdered materials. The process is similar to printing images on paper. The printers are expected to change manufacturing processes.

Officials from the industry ministry say they hope to catch up with the United States and Germany in public-private sector cooperation for 3D printing.

They plan to launch a 3D-printer project next April and to allocate it about 45 million dollars in the budget plan for fiscal 2014.

Source: NHK
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