Held at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the festival marked the conclusion of two international 3-D printing competitions organised by NTU, in which the top winners in both categories - fashion and abacus-themed - walked away with $10,000 each. The winners of the abacus design section were Xiao Zefeng, Liu Ruicheng, Yang Yongqiang from China, while the winners of the fashion category were a duo from Australia from XYZ Workshop, Lim Kae Woei and Elena Low.
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Creative juices flow today at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as fashion models strut out in unique outfits produced from 3D printing technology.
Besides staging Singapore's first 3D printing festival, NTU, a front-runner in the world for 3D technologies, also organised two international 3D printing competitions on wearable fashion and abacus design.
Featuring diverse custom-shaped creations from butterfly-inspired bodices and fantastical skirts, to abacus-bangles and other eye-catching accessories, the festival showcases the countless possibilities of 3D printing technology and gives a preview of where it is headed in the near future.
Among the festival highlights are an exhibition of 3D-printed fashion pieces from award-winning fashion designer Melinda Looi and artworks from Italian designer and architect Niccolo Casas.
The festival also marks the finale of the two international 3D printing competitions where four teams from Australia, China, Vietnam and Singapore successfully clinched the top prizes of S$10,000 and $3,000 in each category.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said he is heartened to see the quality of the entries from local and international participants for the competitions.
"Today we are witnessing the many marvels of 3D printing, which is widely regarded as a revolutionary technology that is changing the face of innovation," said Prof Andersson at the festival's launch this morning.
"I hope our 3D printing competitions will fuel the creative juices of young people all around the world, and inspire both engineers and artists alike to embrace the technology to better our lives."
Professor Chua Chee Kai, Chair of NTU's School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering that organised the festival, said, "This festival aims to highlight the various possibilities which 3D printing can do."
"In future, it is my hope that every home and office can have a 3D printer and it is used to create useful products which enhance our daily lives." added Prof Chua, the world's most cited academic in the field of 3D printing,