Bye 2022 and Hello 2023!
2022 – it was indeed a tough year, with the transitioning to endemic phase – masks were coming off; offices were filling up; tradeshows and events were making its way for a comeback. We sure can’t thank 2022 for all the ups and downs we faced. While we are preparing to enter 2023, let’s take a quick recap on the memory lane to our favourite moments of 2022!
Additive Manufacturing: Designs & Materials
We kicked start our 2022 with the first in-person hybrid event at PSDC, in collaboration with Materialise. In this event, we had the opportunity to share the latest 3D printing technologies available. It was surely a fruitful time to meet everyone especially after 2 years since the beginning of the pandemic.
Check out the event photos HERE
IME Launches the New Stratasys F770 – The First 3D Printer in Malaysia that has Large Build Capacity
Making our comeback physically at METALTECH – aside from showcasing all of our Design to Manufacturing solutions, we were also honoured to welcome YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong ( Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade and Industry ) together with YB General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed ( Co-Chairman, Informa Markets Asia ) at our booth, accompanied by Mr. TK Teoh ( Founder and Chairman, IME Group ) and Madam Julia Wee ( CEO, IME Group ) to launch the new Stratasys F770 – first 3D Printer in Malaysia that has large build capacity that enables manufacturers to print large parts and undertake industrial-scale orders which makes 3D printing more affordable.
Also making his first appearance – collaboration and integration between several equipment such as the miniature Industry 4.0 factory, real-time dashboard for OEE ( Overall Equipment Effectiveness ), pick to light system, AGV ( automated guided vehicle ), AI vision system, high accuracy CMM systems, and cobots ( collaborative robots ).
Click HERE to check out the album.
IME in ARCHIDEX 2022
Our first time at ARCHIDEX and it sure is an eye-opening experience!
We are humbled by the overwhelming interest in Archicad, the first BIM software – when coupled with VR is just what every client needs to visualise their new building ! Many were also amazed by how 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing is applied in Architecture and Construction – form concept models, interior designs, to construction of buildings.
With 3D Printing technology, designers and architects would be able to print out the models to improve the stage of project planning and bring innovative solutions to Architecture industry. We make the ideas become reality.
MoU Signing Ceremony with UTHM
In Academia, we have continued to sign MoU with multiple higher learning institutions, aligned with our mission to bridge the gap between Academia and Industry. We hope that the professional certification programmers would benefit them in increasing their employability, and at the same time benefit the industry with future-ready graduates.
IME Largest Get -Together Annual Event – IME INNOVATION DAY 2023
We were thrilled and excited to be back PHYSICALLY, especially after 2 years of meeting only on virtual platform!😬 We were very pleased to have such an overwhelming response from all the attendees nationwide.
With this year’s theme “Fit-For-The-Future Digital Transformation”, the event this year shares how the pandemic has forced us to not only adapt to the new normal but forced businesses to transform and leverage on technology to ensure business sustainability, to build business resilience by being agile in adopting and embracing change.
We hope everyone had an amazing time whether you join us physically or virtually. You guys are awesome indeed!😎😉
Check out event photos:
And last but not least…
Graphisoft x IME | Strategic Partnership Announcement & User Conference
We are honoured to have Amy Senew, Vice President, Global Sales of Graphisoft and JY TEOH, Executive Vice President of IME Group of Companies, to officiate the announcement during the signing ceremony that happened in November 15 and we look forward to seeing this partnership to accelerate BIM coverage in Malaysia. Click HERE to find out more.
And it’s a wrap!
2022 has been tough, but we sure do make a lot of wonderful memories with all our customers.
As we are all set to begin another year, we wish that the new dawn becomes a year of better performance with your awesomeness.
We thank for your continuous support, and we look forward to another year with more satisfactory service and opportunities with you.
Happy New Year from all of us at IME Group of Companies!
[PRESS RELEASE] Graphisoft Announces Strategic Partnership with IME Technology Sdn Bhd to Accelerate BIM Coverage in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, November 14, 2022 – Graphisoft, the leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) software solutions provider for architecture and engineering, today announces a strategic partnership with IME Technology Sdn. Bhd. This partnership will meet the growing demand for integrated digital architectural software solution delivery in Malaysia.
Graphisoft empowers teams of building professional with advanced technology and accompanying expertise to design and deliver great buildings with award-winning software. ArchiCAD offers a complete end-to-end design and documentation workflow for architectural and engineering practices of any size. Archicad users can drive the design narrative on the building site for faster and specific client feedback with BIMx, a popular mobile and web BIM app, extends the BIM experience to include all stakeholders in the building design, delivery and operations lifecycle. Architects and engineers in Malaysia will benefit from Graphisoft’s integrated approach to BIM workflow optimization.
Robert Samuel, Sales Director of Graphisoft Asia Pacific, commented, ” Graphisoft’ s vision is to bring BIM into widespread practice for the design and construction of buildings in Malaysia via model-based workflow integration. BIMx will help to bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site. I believe together with IME Technology Sdn. Bhd. , we can holistic architectural software solutions with personalized technical support, role-specific training programs, and services to better support the Malaysian AEC market.”
“We are extremely excited to be appointed by Graphisoft as a strategic partner to accelerate BIM implementation in Malaysia, providing architects, designers, engineers and urban planners with an integrated digital solution to efficiently deliver their projects. With our expertise and knowledge in this space, we are confident that our clients will get the most out of Graphisoft solutions and we are committed to help other architectural practices with the aim of making better buildings through better BIM,” said CW Lau, SVP at IME Technology Sdn. Bhd. ” The success of the product is reflected in the number of successful projects completed with Graphisoft Archicad, including the world’s second tallest building, Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur.”
Graphisoft® empowers teams to design great buildings, through award-winning software solutions, learning programs, and professional services for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries. Our award-winning products and solutions support OPEN BIM for workflow transparency, longevity, and data accessibility for built assets. Archicad®, the architects’ BIM software of choice, offers a complete end-to-end design and documentation workflow for architectural and integrated architectural and engineering practices of any size. BIMx®, the most popular mobile and web BIM app, extends the BIM experience to include all stakeholders in the building design, delivery, and operations lifecycle. BIMcloud®, the AEC industry’s first and most advanced cloud-based team collaboration solution, makes real-time collaboration possible across the globe regardless of the size of the project and the speed or quality of the team members’ network connection. DDScad solutions support users with intelligent Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) design tools, integrated calculations, and comprehensive documentation of all building system disciplines. DDScad Architect & Construction is developed for architects, building contractors, and manufacturers of industrialized timber frame housing in Scandinavian markets. Graphisoft is part of the Nemetschek Group. To learn more, visit graphisoft.com.
About IME Technology Sdn Bhd
IME Technology is a member of IME Group of companies, a local institution supporting industry and academia with world-class advanced Design and Manufacturing solutions since 1980. IME Technology specialises in 3D CAD Design, CAM (Machining), CAE (FEA Simulation) and now expands its expertise in ERP and MES. We provide end-to-end design to manufacturing solutions throughout the product lifecycle – Design, Engineering, Simulation, and Manufacturing. Visit https://imetech.com.my
[PRESS RELEASE] Fit-For-The-Future Digital Transformation – Local and World-Renowned Technologies Showcased by IME at METALTECH & AUTOMEX Exhibition
KUALA LUMPUR, 23 June 2022 – In conjunction with the annual and one of the largest Machine Tools, Metalworking and Automation Technology exhibition METALTECH & AUTOMEX held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition (MITEC), IME launched the new Stratasys F770, first in Malaysia. The 3D Printer that has a large build capacity which enables manufacturers to print large parts and undertake industrial-scale orders which make 3D printing more affordable. The ceremony was honoured by the presence of Y.B Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka, Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies.
The F770 features the longest fully heated chamber of its size and type in the market. With a build envelope of 13 cubic feet, the F770 can print parts that are 46 inches long on diagonal. This opens up new avenues for innovation in additive manufacturing as well as applications and opportunities for industrial manufactures that small printers do not offer.
In a recent event held by IME, attended by key player from the Automotive and Aerospace industry to explore how Additive Manufacturing could reduce their lead time while saving cost in their production line, 57.9% of the attendees responded that Additive Manufacturing is a game changer, and whoever who is bold enough to invest first shall reap the benefits. The application of 3D Printing in the organisations range highest form Prototyping, to Manufacturing Tools (Jigs & Fixtures, mould and tooling), to End-Use Parts, and Robotic End-Effectors.
“For over 42 years we have brought in different advanced technologies into Malaysia, and over the years we have also started to develop our own solutions to cater for the changes that Industry 4.0 brings to manufactures. We firmly believe that it is crucial for manufactures to begin their digital transformation journey, as disruption has happened and the future is now. We are glad that more local Manufacturers are adopting the technology and we will be with them every step in the way” – TK Teoh, Founder & Chairman, IME Group of Companies.
Apart from Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping), IME also showcased end-to-end solution in Design to Manufacturing, including 3D and 3D MCAD and ECAD ( Mechanical and Electrical Computer-Aided Design) softwares (SOLIDWORKS, DraftSight), BIM Software of Architecture (ArchiCAD), Product Lifecycle Management and Manufacturing Solutions ( Dassault Systemes, Catia, Enovia, Delmia), Enterprise Resources Planning(ERP,DelmiaWorks), and more.
Collaboration and integration between several equipment such as the miniature Industry 4.0 factory, real-time dashboard for OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), pick to light system, AGV ( automated guided vehicle), Ai vision system, high accuracy CMM systems and cobots ( collaborative robots) was demonstrated at the tradeshow to show local manufacturers that Industry 4.0 is not far-fetched and definitely achievable with an affordable budget.
IME Group of Companies with its expertise and comprehensive approach towards Industry 4.0 along with the right tools provides companies with the support they need to master the challenges of implementation.
ABOUT IME GROUP OF COMPANIES
IME (Group of Companies) is a local business established since 1980, that aspires to play a role in the growth of the local industry, by providing a platform for the industry and educational sector to collaborate, share and close the knowledge and skill gap. Founded as a CNC service and repair centre, IME has now grown into the leading product design and manufacturing solution provider in Malaysia, with a vast clientele from local and multi-national corporations, government sectors and academia; IME has established strong presence locally and expanded business coverage to ASEAN.
IME has been an avid contributor in the development of Industry 4.0 via The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Industry 4.0 Committee, and The Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee Member for National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).
Additive Manufacturing in Action – Relieve PPE Shortage amid COVID-19 Response
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused an alarming level of global spread and severity of illness. Industrial supply chain is inevitably broken which leads to incapacity to cater pressing demand of medical gears including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Medical staffs are exposed to greater risk of infection while treating infected patients. Hence, PPE is one of the most important protective layers for the front-liners in a crisis like this. Many hospitals have already run out of face masks, face shields, N95 masks and other PPE including surgical gown, surgical cap and boots cover.
With COVID-19 emergency, 3D printing technology has become the stopgap measure and provides the opportunity to efficiently produce affordable gears, which are now crucial to protect medical staffs. While injection moulding can produce high volume, 3D printing is at advantage amid this time with its capability to cater frequent design change in the visor, quick turnaround time and more importantly, it allows all the makers to print at home when the factories are disrupted and at the same time, social distancing is strictly adhered. The strength of 3D printing is it can be anywhere, adapt on the fly in addressing shortages of parts related to shields, masks and ventilators among other essential gears.
IME is working with a taskforce to produce PPE gears and medical equipment for hospitals, medical centers and clinics. Our aim is to produce as many face shields with secured design in the shortest time, and also possibly for faster gowning and de-gowning.
If you have a 3D printer, join us in producing protective face shields.
Protective Face Shield
- Clear A4 plastic sheet/ PVC sheet
- Elastic band
Step-by-step Guide in Producing a Protective Face Shield.
- Download .stl file, g code (if you’re using 3D Espresso) and printer settings
- Load the visor STL into the CURA slicer.
- With a standard 0.4mm nozzle, we can set the layer height up to 0.28mm. Wall line count will ensure the visor is strong enough.
- Top and Bottom layers set to 3 to reduce the print time while maintaining sufficient strength.
After several tests, 0% infill density is sufficient and strong enough which helps accelerate the print time. Use skirt with 2 line count instead of brim to print faster.
- Slice and save the file. Do a quick preview to ensure the model is good to print.
- Do a manual bed leveling before start the print. Good practice with preheat the nozzle and heated bed before bed leveling. Adjust the leveling knob on all corners of the heated bed.
- After reaching target temperature, select desired visor file to print that was saved earlier. Always supervise the first layer of the print before leaving it alone.
- If the first layer did not turn out in a good shape, you can always play with the ‘Babystepping’ Z value. If the first layer is far from bed, make the value to negative; if too near to bed, make the value higher. If the first layer is way too off which indicate a bad bed leveling. Hence, you need to pause or stop the print the redo the bed leveling process.
- Harvest the completed visor with the help of scrapper.
- Clean the build plate with IPA.
- Remove sharp edges, stringing and excess material using a cutter.
- Slip the PVC sheet into the gap of the visor frame.
- Staple at the two corners and centre of the PVC sheet to secure it. (Make sure the sheet does not fall)
- Tie two rubber bands and insert them to the hook of the frame.
- A protective face shield is ready to protect the front-liners.
This is not just a public health crisis, it is a crisis that is impacting every sector, so every sector and every individual has to be involved in this fight.
We can win this fight when we work together and do our part. The medical staffs and armed forces are saving lives and keeping order, and we will stay at home. The virus chain shall be broken in no time.
Fill in the form if you want to help printing the visor – https://bit.ly/ime-covid19taskforce
Get in contact with us if have printing enquiries
+60 16-626 8869
IME Group of Companies
End of a Decade, Start of an Age – #Hello2020!
2019 had come to an end and we are so excited to welcome yet another new but promising year – 2020! The numbers itself are already looking good and we hope it brings one or 20 more luck to us! The year 2020 is such a hopeful year for us because we have so many things in store to be revealed to you. But before we do that, let’s take a quick walk down the memory lane to our favourite moments of 2019 that we want to cherish and engrave in our hearts as we take a step further to create a few more.
Thank you for the Awards!
Sin Chew Education Awards – Professional Training Centre
We were extremely honored to receive an award from Sin Chew Education Awards for Professional Training Centre. Being a strong believer of lifelong learning, it means a lot to us to have won this award. We want to dedicate this award to you, our customers who always have the confidence in us and participated in different trainings and workshop we had conducted throughout the year. We also valued your feedbacks as they had provided us rooms for improvement and kept us striving for excellence relentlessly.
SOLIDWORKS Top Reseller – Highest Customer Satisfaction AP South 2018
It had been a great kick off that we’ve gotten our first award from Sin Chew Education Awards, but this one totally got us hyped up for the rest of the year. We are proud to announce that we have been honoured as SOLIDWORKS Top Seller with Highest Customer Satisfaction in AP South for the year 2018.
Each year, SOLIDWORKS hosts a conference called SOLIDWORKS World which brings in international audience of industry professionals – from users to experts in the CAD community. As much as this conference gives us the chance to connect with people who share the same passion as us, we are so thankful to be recognised as the leading provider of SOLIDWORKS products on such world stage. This is another achievement that we have attained, not without your support. Thank you and we will continue to serve in line with our belief “Respect, Listen and Care”.
Sin Chew Business Excellent Awards – Digital and Technology Business Excellence Award
Words can’t quite describe our heartfelt gratitude for our customers for being part of our journey leading to our third Sin Chew Business Excellence Award under Digital and Technology category, in recognition of our achievements in helping businesses in the nation to innovate, digitally transform and implement #sustainability practices with emerging technologies, especially corresponding to digital transformation.
Mawea Industries Appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL)
We were happy to announce that this year one of our subsidiary companies – Mawea Industries Sdn. Bhd. – has been officially appointed as Digital Transformation Lab (DTL) in collaboration with Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in structuring Digital Transformation Acceleration Program (DTAP) alongside with other global experts, aiming to assist home-grown companies in their journey of digital transformation to maximise productivity, remain sustainable and competitive in the global market.
We are expected to lend our expertise to companies and help their businesses to take on the road to digital transformation. Read more HERE.
IME Launches the First and Only Office-friendly Metal 3D Printing System in Malaysia
Honoured by the presence of YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Ministry Of International Trade And Industry (MITI), IME launched Desktop Metal Studio System, the first and only office-friendly metal 3D printing system at METALTECH 2019 that took place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The ceremony was officiated together by Chairman and Founder of IME Group of Companies, Mr. Teoh Tuan Ka and Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of Desktop Metal, Mr. CK Kan.
This was such an historic moment that we’d like to record it down everywhere possible and it will go down as one of the best moments of IME in its own history!
Read more HERE.
MoU signing with VTAR Institute
To mark our support in the education sector, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between IME and VTAR Institute. The collaboration is made to train more talents in their proficiency in 3D design and 3D printing, which also serves as students’ readiness in the Industry 4.0 environments.
“We’re committed in helping VTAR to equip the lab with SOLIDWORKS licenses and 3D printers. We believe these initiatives will further enhance the learning facilities that motivate VTAR students in their learning and exposure in Industry 4.0,” said Madam Julia Wee, the CEO of IME Group of Companies.
We expect the success of this collaboration as well as to bring in more industrial talents of the youth into Industry 4.0 era. The world is ready, and so should they!
First Design Competition across Malaysia
IME hosted SOLIDWORKS Skills Competition for university students across Malaysia for the first time ever!
We toured across Malaysia to make it happen and we are glad that a lot of students took part in this competition and make it merrier that we imagined. Always great to work with academia and uncover talents among young and passionate students!
We hope all the students had a great time with us during the competition. Whether you win or not, it’s the experience that you will remember better. See you next time!
Digital Transformation Journey
IME is pleased to be part of this journey in driving #digitaltransformation. Some of the events that we attended:
- FMM ICT Conference 2019
- FMM Industry 4.0 Conference 2019
- MITI Industry4WRD Summit
- Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2019
- Penang Manufacturing Excellence Conference & Exhibition (PMECX 2019)
We are honoured to be able to attend these events where the mainstream topics are being discussed with each other, and we were included in the discussion. We hope to participate in more events like this in the future so to open more opportunity for us to explore further into the Industry 4.0 world.
Largest Crowd of Engineering Get-Together Event – IMESWID2020
Last but not least, the moment that will mark the end of this list – IMESWID2020, one of the biggest annual in-house events. The month-long road show was a great experience for us indeed to have met with our friends from all over Malaysia. Corresponding to the key message from our chairman, Mr. Teoh: Synergy – better together, this year touring to 5 multiple states including Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Melaka and Sarawak, IME SOLIDWORKS Innovation Day (#IMESWID) has the largest crowd ever with more than 1500 attendees. IMESWID2020 aims to explore innovation and technological creativity with the participants and embark on the digital transformation journey together. It was a huge success, and we owe it to all partners, customers, and IMEzens for this huge success of the event.
It was a great time spent together with everyone and we hope to see you again next year!
And… it’s a wrap!
2019 has been so wonderful for us and we hope it has, too, for you. When most people get a little unproductive at this time of the year, we treat year-ends as a change of pace where we slow down in a good way but also go about crazy speed to finally wrap things up.
Year 2019 was great, exciting, and everything that drove us to the edge of our seats, and we plan to double those feelings with everyone in 2020. That means, we want to see, connect and achieve more greatness with ourselves and also with our customers.
Ending the year 2019 with such note, we gracefully welcome 2020 and enter a new decade with new goals, of course. We are so excited to reveal what we have in store for the year, and one of them should be our IME 40th Anniversary Celebration!
IME, unbelievably, has been around for the 40th year and that is one massive achievement for us. The years we’ve gone through so far were obviously not an easy path, but it was the blood, sweat and tears of everyone who worked hard to bring us here, therefore we see it as a path of togetherness. While we constantly stand by RESPECT, LISTEN and CARE in achieving goals, it always brings us together, and the relationship we have with each other right now is like none other, and we feel more thankful because of that.
Before we put a period on this blog and this year, we would like to express our enormous gratitude to everyone – our colleagues, our partners, our customers – for the continuous support throughout the year. We really, really, really would not make it out there without all of you! The New Year ahead of us holds so much hopes and promises, and we would like to unveil it together with you again. This year shall end happily as we bless each other on the coming one.
Peace out for now and Happy New Year!