Tongtai, one of Taiwan’s major machine tool companies, has signed an MOU with the Instrument Technology Research Center of the National Applied Research Laboratories (ITRC NARLabs) on August 19, to help in its development of 3D printing technology for the medical market through a win-win strategy The scope of the agreement covers research and development of 3D printing medical equipment, metal implantation, and other applications.
Yeh Che-liang, ITRC supervisor of this program, pointed out that NARLabs has made huge effort to integrate industry resources for a cross-department, cross-institute alliance. However, without enough input from industry players, it would be difficult to put the idea into practice.
“Equipment suppliers rely on market indicators to help them chart better solutions” said Tongtai Chairman J.H. Yen. He also mentioned that earlier this year Tongtai signed a contract with Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC). Tongtai is relatively new to the medical equipment market, added Yen, , and 3D printing could be a good chance for the company to open up a new avenue and to make a significant contribution to society.