The government yesterday announced its plan to nurture the local 3-D printing industry and has will supply printers for small and midsize companies to use for free.
For its project, the Industry Ministry will spend 2.4 billion won ($2.3 million) this year to set up centers with printers, most of which will be imported, that can be used by the companies, and it will teach employees how to operate them.
Starting next year, the ministry will lend 3-D printers to individual businesspeople and small companies for free.
The government hopes the printers will increase manufacturing efficiency and generate profits in the local electronics, auto and medical industries, as well as other consumer goods.
The Industry Ministry and Science Ministry received approval for their plan at a science and technology committee meeting with other ministers and private sector experts….