Hunan Farsoon Hi-tech Co. Ltd. is leading the formation of China's first national engineering lab for additive manufacturing.
The Changsha-based company held a ceremony April 25 to launch the construction of the facility.
The lab reports directly to China's National Development and Reform Commission in Beijing, represents the most state-of-art technology in China's additive manufacturing industry, and is an integral part of China's technology innovation system, Farsoon said in a statement.
Lab director Xu Xiaoshu, who is also Farsoon's chairman, announced research objectives for the next three years, including:
• Achieve breakthroughs in at least 20 key technologies such as material precision placement, precise color matching, multifocal, integrated high precision data acquisition, as well as high frequency, high precision, and real time energy control.
• Increase component precision and manufacturing efficiency by at least 100 percent.
• Develop one or two series of additive manufacturing equipment.
• Develop at least 15 polymer materials suitable for complex structures.
• Apply for at least 28 patents.
In addition to lead founding member Farsoon, other co-founding members include Shanghai Jiaotong University, Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Computing Technology, Shanghai Fochif Mechatronics Technology Co. Ltd., and Dongguan Janus Precision Components Co.