It’s Never Too Old to Start Picking Up New Skills

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Mr Chan Ban Kiong, Foundry Specialist at Mencast Marine, started learning 3D Printing at 64 to make prototypes for ship propellers.

Mencast Marine makes and repairs ship propellers.

Moving towards the new technology to improve productivity, Mr Chan and his 8 other colleagues, all older than 60, were trained to operate the 3D printers. With the help of 3D printing, it improved their production time and also made their work easier and safer.

Before the switch, they need to make the aluminum prototype manually by using sand to make the mould. The aluminum prototype is then used to create a second mould for casting into bronze propeller.

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Chris Joest had been working as a machinist for more than 47 years. Chris, the President of Imperial Machine & Tool Co. – a more than 70 years-old advanced manufacturing company, implemented metal additive manufacturing to their production to yield complex production components.

Chris and his team offered “Hybrid Manufacturing”, combining additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques to create designs that are not able to achieve in any other methods.

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