Local company makes book-size 3-D printer

Local company makes book-size 3-D printer
Mr Wee Kiam Peng, co-founder of Romscraj, with his 3-D printer Portabee Go. He believes the printer can be a useful tool for designers, architects and engineers when they present plans to clients outside the office.

Home-grown company Romscraj has developed one of the world's first portable 3-D printers, called Portabee Go.

When folded, the 2.8kg Portabee Go is only 8cm high and 22cm long and wide - the size of a hardcover book.

From December, it will be available for sale at romscraj.com for US$595 (S$740).

Romscraj co-founder Wee Kiam Peng believes the product can be a useful tool for designers, architects and engineers when they present plans to clients outside the office.

"Design changes can be made quickly on a computer for the printer to print a new object," said the 38-year-old.

This machine follows the company's first 3-D printer Portabee, which sold more than a thousand units here and overseas for US$495 each.

But Portabee Go almost did not take off.

Earlier this year, Mr Wee approached a government agency for a grant of $250,000 to develop the printer.

"But the officer told me 3-D printers were common and was not supportive. I was disappointed, I knew there was a demand. My partner and I took out (our) savings of $250,000 and invested in the project."

Initial sales inquiries have already come in after the product was presented at two 3-D printing exhibitions in China and Singapore in the last two months.

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